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  • Historic Wolfcamp Shale Assessment Holds Enormous Energy Potential for Our Country
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced historic findings in their Wolfcamp Shale geological assessment of undiscovered and technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian Basin. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This latest finding confir... More
  • Obama Administration’s Midnight Flaring Rule Harms Children, Must be Reversed
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    Nov 15, 2016 -
    Today, the Bureau of Land Management released the finalized methane and waste prevention rule on federal and tribal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “The Obama administration is once again inserting itself on an issue where they have absolutely no statutory authority. This harmful reg... More
  • Members Caution White House on Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the White House about the consideration of national monument designations in California and Oregon that will exacerb... More
  • ESA Failures Shine Bright as Special Interests Trump Species Protection in Wildflower Debacle
    Press Release
    Oct 28, 2016 -
    Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court vacated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to not list two desert wildflowers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ruling further delays implementation of an existing conservation agreement between the FWS, Utah, Colorado and stakeholder ... More
  • Obama Administration Ignores Record of Federal Paternalism, Mismanagement on Tribal Lands
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    Oct 24, 2016 -
    Last week, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell issued a secretarial order to encourage cooperation with federally recognized tribes in the management of federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This announcement gives the appearance that DOI is committed to tribal s... More
  • Administration More Interested in Destroying Dams than Generating Affordable Hydroelectricity
    Press Release
    Oct 19, 2016 -
    Yesterday, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the destruction of four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The administration’s priorities are crystal clear when the ... More
  • Special Interests, Courts are De-facto Arm of Obama Administration in Charge of ESA Policy
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    In abiding to a recent court order that vacated the Obama Administration’s withdrawal of a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reopened public comment on a proposed threatened listing. House Committee on Na... More
  • Fishermen Need More Flexibility than NOAA Doles Out
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a new rule that will provide regional fishery management councils with more flexibility in catch limits. The rule is aligned with a provision in the Committee’s H.R. 1335 (Rep. Don Young, R-AK), the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and In... More
  • BLM Onshore Order Rules Threaten Royalty Streams, Lack Public Input
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized revisions to how the federal government measures and verifies oil and gas production rates on federal lands (Onshore Orders 3, 4 and 5). House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The Administration is good at issuing... More
  • Chairmen Question DOJ Treatment of EPA in Animas River Disaster
    Press Release
    Oct 12, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and House Oversight and Government Reform Interior Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting a briefin... More
  • USGS Study Reveals Extensive Impacts of Obama Administration’s War on Mineral Development
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    Oct 7, 2016 -
    U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell is developing controversial plans to cordon off approximately 10 million acres of federal lands located in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming from mineral development. The withdrawals are one plank of the Obama administration's broader regulatory scheme to... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Lack of Wildfire Strategy Keeps Communities At Risk
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    Oct 4, 2016 -
    Washington, D.C. – White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan and U.S. Forest Service (FS) leadership today hosted a national media call on wildfire activity in California and nationally. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in resp... More
  • Panel: Tribes Flourish When the Federal Government Gets Out of Their Way
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing titled, “Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development.” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) joined a panel of expert witnesses to discuss obstacles and potential for energy and natural resource... More
  • Bishop: Interior’s Response to Management Failure at Effigy Mounds is Unacceptable
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2016 -
    After correspondence and two staff briefings with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Park Service (NPS) on the decades of systemic mismanagement of natural and cultural resources at Effigy Mounds National Monument (EFMO), the House Committee on Natural Resources is conducting further oversight. Chair... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Final Species Petition Regulations Demonstrate Need for ESA Reform
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    Sep 26, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced final revisions to regulations governing the petition process under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This announcement is a call for help from the administ... More
  • Bishop: Native Hawaiian Rule is Unconstitutional
    Press Release
    Sep 23, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued the final rule to create a Native Hawaiian government. The rule, which is highly disputed and raises difficult constitutional issues, includes new administrative procedures and criteria for establishing such relationships. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the followi... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration is Exploiting Native Americans to Advance Their Extreme Environmental Agenda
    Press Release
    Sep 23, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Departments of the Army, the Interior and Justice invited tribal leaders to participate in government-to-government consultations on infrastructure permitting. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: "This administration has never cared about consulting local communities or Native t... More
  • Committee Passes Locally-Driven Utah Public Lands Initiative
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on five bills including H.R. 5780 (Rep. Rob Bishop), the “Utah Public Lands Initiative Act.” This bill designates millions of acres of federal land for conservation and recreation; exchanges and consolidates certain federal and non-federal land; and provides... More
  • Bill Providing Equitable Treatment of Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans Passes Committee
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    Sep 22, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on five bills including H.R. 2387 (Rep. Don Young), the "Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act." The bill, which passed by voice vote, provides equitable treatment of Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans under the Native Allotment Act of 1906, allowing ... More
  • Bipartisan Bill to Protect Endangered and Threatened Salmon Passes Committee
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    Sep 22, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 5 bills including H.R. 564 the “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler), which passed committee. H.R. 564 authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue one-year permits to Was... More
  • Obama Administration’s Final NEPA Guidance: Litigation Blueprint For Radical Special Interest Groups
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    Sep 21, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on the impacts of the Obama Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) controversial Final Guidance for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “This Guidance is a litigation blueprint for radical special interest groups. The White House s... More
  • Federal Wolf Management Fraught with Controversies and Failures
    Press Release
    Sep 21, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the status of the federal government’s inconsistent and unsuccessful wolf management efforts in the United States. The panel, which included local and state witnesses, focused on red wolves in the Southeast, gray wolves in the Northwes... More
  • Bishop: Obama’s Monument Will Decimate Local Seafood Industry
    Press Release
    Sep 15, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama designated 4,913 square miles off the coast of New England as a new marine monument. This monument is expected to cause massive damage to the local seafood industry. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This is another example of the President making a big decision without ... More
  • Locals Voice Strong, Bipartisan Support for Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative
    Press Release
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5780 (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, which designates and exchanges certain federal and non-federal land in the state of Utah for conservation, economic development, and recreational purposes. The bill, a historic... More
  • Bishop and Westerman Applaud Advance of Comprehensive Forest Management and Wildfire Fix in Senate
    Press Release
    Sep 13, 2016 -
    Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a markup to consider H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-AR). On Friday, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), released emergency wildfire legislation ... More

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