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  • Obama Administration Sacrifices Jobs and Public Education with Energy Lease Cancellations
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    Nov 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the cancellation oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide section of the White River National Forest (WRNF). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “T... More
  • House Passes Bill to Reject President’s Midnight Rules
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    Nov 17, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2016 (Rep. Darrell E. Issa, R-CA), which will allow Congress to disapprove regulations submitted by federal agencies within the last 60 legislative days of Congress during a President’s final term. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statem... More
  • Stream Protection EIS Is the Final Volley in the Administration’s War on Coal
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    Nov 17, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed stream protection rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This represents the final volley in this administration’s war on coal. Although OSM ass... More
  • Dakota Access Delays Jeopardize Future Infrastructure Investment and Development
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    Nov 15, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced they will begin another round of discussions and analysis on the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) project with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners and Dakota Access, LLC. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “From the b... More
  • Federal Lands Freedom Act Empowers State Energy Development
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    Nov 15, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 866 (Rep. Diane Black), the “Federal Lands Freedom Act of 2015.” This bill will delegate control over responsible energy exploration to states. “Rather than continuing to allow faceless bureaucrats in DC to determine what is best... More
  • Historic Wolfcamp Shale Assessment Holds Enormous Energy Potential for Our Country
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

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