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  • Chairmen’s Letter to Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General Raises Serious Concerns About the Gold King Mine Spill Review
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    Dec 18, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr., strongly questioned the timing and substance of interviews conducted two weeks a... More
  • Congress Seeks Answers from BLM on Postponement of Recent Oil and Gas Lease Sales
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    Dec 16, 2015 -
    Today, fifteen Congressmen sent a letter to Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior, expressing serious concerns with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) repeated postponement of lease sales. In particular, the Members raised concerns about the appearance of significant influence ... More
  • Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Bipartisan Mining Reform Legislation in an Underground Mining Classroom
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    Dec 14, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative field hearing in Idaho Springs, Colorado on H.R. 3734, the “Mining Schools Enhancement Act,” introduced by Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV). This bill, in combination with H.R. 3843 (Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)), the “Locatable Minerals Claim Location and... More
  • Bishop: Senate Passage of Tribal Energy Development Bill Lays Path Forward for Final Package
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    Dec 11, 2015 -
    Yesterday the Senate passed S. 209, the “Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2015,” a bill similar to H.R. 538, the “Native American Energy Act” that passed the House on October 8, 2015. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “I am pleased the Senate has follo... More
  • Committee Requests Documents from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Peer Review Process of DOI’s Animas Report
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    Dec 10, 2015 -
    At yesterday’s oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill, both Republicans and Democrats on the Committee raised numerous questions about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) involvement with the peer review process of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) study on the ... More
  • Bishop Requests GAO Investigate Interior’s Obstructionist Tactics on Gold King Mine Spill
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    Dec 9, 2015 -
    Following the oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill where Secretary Sally Jewell testified but failed to substantively answer the Committee’s questions, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) requested an independent review from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) ab... More
  • Committee Questions the Interior Department’s Lack of Transparency and Objectivity in Animas Spill Response
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    Dec 9, 2015 -
    During the Committee’s oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill, Committee members raised concerns about the DOI’s response to the spill, the lack of transparency and objectivity and the narrow scope of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) report. Secretary Sally Jewell’s ... More
  • House Passes Legislation to Protect Private Property Rights
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    Dec 9, 2015 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2130, the “Red River Private Property Protection Act” by a vote of 253-177. The Committee passed the legislation in September. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) commented upon passage: “The ‘Red River Private Property Protection Act’ stops the Bureau of Land Management’s un... More
  • Bishop: Congress Must Safeguard Integrity of Tribal Recognition Process
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    Dec 8, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a second legislative hearing on the Chairman Rob Bishop’s tribal recognition bill (H.R. 3764) to hear from input from Indian Country. The Tribal Recognition Act of 2015 seeks to reestablish Congress’s unique authority to federally recognize tribe... More
  • Panel Supports Efforts to Safeguard Atlantic Coast Fisheries Access, Protect Against Obama Administration’s Potential Unilateral Fisheries Closures
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    Dec 7, 2015 -
    Riverhead, N.Y. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight field hearing in Riverhead, NY on public access to Atlantic fisheries and the impact and implementation of federal decision-making on the commercial and recreational fishing industry and local economies. The panel received testimony fro... More
  • Bishop: Energy Infrastructure Package Fuels Future Progress
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    Dec 3, 2015 -
    Today, the House, by a bipartisan vote of 249-174, passed H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act, which includes two bipartisan energy infrastructure bills from the Committee on Natural Resources, H.R. 2295, the National Energy Security Corridors Act, and H.R. 2358, the Electricity Reliabilit... More
  • Bishop: National Park Service Centennial Act Improves National Park System for Future Generations
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    Dec 2, 2015 -
    The Subcommittee on Federal Lands today held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of the National Park Service Centennial Act, which provides new funding and management authority to prepare the National Park Service (NPS) for the commemoration of its centennial in 2016. Chairman Bishop commented following the he... More
  • Bishop: LWCF Must Be Reformed to Help Americans
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    Nov 18, 2015 -
    The Committee on Natural Resources today held a legislative hearing on the Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation (PARC) Act discussion draft, which proposes to reauthorize and reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Chairman Bishop commented following the hearing: “Today, we heard from states and... More
  • Bishop: Onshore Orders Regulation Needs Stakeholder Input to Protect Future Federal Land Development
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    Nov 17, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze, outlining concerns with the BLM’s proposed revisions to how the federal government measures and verifies oil and gas production rates on federal lands (Onshore Orders 3,4, and 5). “I am deeply concerned that the BLM... More
  • Chairman Bishop Recommends Reps. Thompson and LaHood as Conferees to Highway Bill Conference Committee
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    Nov 17, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today recommended the appointment of Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) to serve as outside conferees to the House-Senate Highway Bill Conference Committee. “I am proud to recommend Rep. Thompson and Rep. LaHood to represent the Committee on Natural Resources on the ... More
  • Committee Unveils Federal Footprint Map
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    Nov 17, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources released the Federal Footprint Map, which details the immense scale of federal land ownership and regulation in the United States. This interactive tool gathers data from federal agencies and will be used as an educational resource for Members of Congress and their staff, repor... More
  • Bishop Response to Rep. Cynthia Lummis' Retirement Announcement
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    Nov 13, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement in response to Rep. Cynthia Lummis’s (R-WY) retirement announcement yesterday evening. “This is a sad announcement for our country and our Committee. The House needs more people like Cynthia Lummis, not fewer,” Bishop said. “Rep. Lummis is a model public serva... More
  • President Obama Rejects Keystone XL
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    Nov 6, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. “President Obama has put the final nail in the Keystone XL pipeline’s coffin, thereby nailing his legacy as the most anti-energy extremist President the nation has ever had. Tossing aside years of environmental proce... More
  • Bishop Releases Land and Water Conservation Fund Reforms
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    Nov 5, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released a discussion draft of legislation titled the “Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation (PARC) Act,” which includes several substantive reforms to update the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), enacted in 1965. “The LWCF’s current lopsided funding ratio makes limit... More
  • Committee Discusses Comprehensive Mining Legislation in Response to EPA’s Disastrous Animas Spill
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    Nov 4, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed mining legislation to address the failed response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Animas spill three months ago and reform policies that currently impede abandoned mine cleanup nationally. H.R. 3843 introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Doug... More
  • Bishop Response to WSJ Editorial on the Land and Water Conservation Fund
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    Nov 3, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resource Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal: “One of the harshest things that a government can do is to take away a citizen’s land and home. The fact that for 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has... More
  • Bishop: President Obama Disregards Law to Fundamentally Transform Federal Lands Policy
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    Nov 3, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the White House’s memorandum on “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” “Memorandum, executive order…call it what you will. President Obama is thro... More
  • House Passes the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015
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    Oct 22, 2015 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 with bipartisan support by a vote of 254-177. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “China is winning and we are losing. Rather than harness our abundant mineral resources for the betterment of... More
  • Bishop Introduces Tribal Recognition Act
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    Oct 21, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 3764, the Tribal Recognition Act of 2015 and issued the following statement. “The tribal recognition process has been a mess for decades. The authority to recognize tribes is one that belongs to Congress, not the executive branch. Ho... More
  • Bishop: Interior Arctic Lease Cancellation Plays into Russia’s Hands
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    Oct 16, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the announcement made today by the U.S. Department of the Interior that it will cancel the two potential Arctic offshore lease sales scheduled under the current five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017:... More

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