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  • Bishop Statement on Obama’s Use of 12(a) in the Arctic and Atlantic
    Press Release
    Dec 20, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama banned offshore acreage in the Arctic and the Atlantic using section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The extremes to which this president will go to appease special interests never ceases to amaze. This is not a m... More
  • Outlook Not So Good for Obama Administration’s Long Awaited Coal Rewrite
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2016 -
    Today, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) released the final Stream Protection Rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “The Obama administration jammed this futile, job-killing rule through under the wire. The only silver lining with today’s release is that their e... More
  • President Signs "Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act"
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    Dec 19, 2016 -
    On Friday, the President signed H.R. 6452 into law. The “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act” implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacif... More
  • Bishop Statement on the Selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke to Head the Department of the Interior
    Press Release
    Dec 15, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the appointment of Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to head the Department of the Interior. “Selfishly, I’m not crazy about this nomination, because Zinke was a bright freshman member of our committee. This wil... More
  • Obama Administration Shows True Colors with Minnesota Mineral Lease Terminations
    Press Release
    Dec 15, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management denied the renewal of two long-held federal mineral leases in the Iron Range region of northeastern Minnesota. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Once again this administration is showing its true colors by eliminating blue collar... More
  • DOI’s Dam Plan Undermines Hydropower
    Press Release
    Dec 15, 2016 -
    Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Deputy Secretary Mike Connor announced the final Record of Decision for Glen Canyon Dam's Long-term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP). The Glen Canyon Dam’s reservoir is located in both Arizona and Utah. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following s... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of WIIN Act
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2016 -
    Early this morning, the Senate passed S. 612 (Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX), the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN), by a vote of 78-21. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I'm pleased the Senate swiftly passed historic federal water policy legislation that will deliver much... More
  • Bipartisan National Park Service Centennial Legislation Heads to the President’s Desk
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2016 -
    Early this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act” (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), legislation to equip the National Park Service (NPS) with tools to better manage and promote our national parks. The bipartisan bill passed the House earlier this week. House Committee on Natural Cha... More
  • Bishop Reacts to Disastrous Alaska Announcement
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    Dec 9, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama issued Executive Order 13689 on the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience. The order withdraws 40,300 square miles from oil and natural gas leasing using the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This administration has obeyed every dire... More
  • Bryde’s Whale: President Obama’s Not So Secret Plan to Shut Down Offshore Development
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This is not about the whale. It’s an eleventh hour stunt to save face with the left at the... More
  • Bipartisan WIIN Act Passes House
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” (WIIN) by a vote of 360-61. Provisions from the House Committee on Natural Resources included in the bill will bring drought relief for California and the West, by expanding water storage and delivery, and bring forth long-term water res... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan “National Park Service Centennial Act”
    Press Release
    Dec 6, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act” (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), bipartisan legislation to equip the National Park Service (NPS) with the tools to better manage and promote our national parks. “[The Park Service has] some significant problems, namely a $12 billion backlog in th... More
  • USGS Fails to Explain Decades of Data Manipulation, Management Failures and Culture of Harassment
    Press Release
    Dec 6, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to examine decades of data manipulation at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), generally recognized as a preeminent scientific organization of the federal government. The Department of the Interior Inspector General and a Scientif... More
  • WRDA Agreement Delivers for Drought-Stricken West
    Press Release
    Dec 5, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a comprehensive water resources agreement set for consideration this week on the House: “This deal is a no-brainer. This is a big step forward for... More
  • Committee Chairmen: EPA Releases Burdensome and Duplicative CERCLA Financial Assurance Rules
    Press Release
    Dec 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed requirements for risk management and financial assurance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) ... More
  • GO Act Increases Opportunity for Recreation on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Nov 30, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on three bills, including H.R. 5129 (Rep. Doug LaMalfa), the “Guides and Outfitters Act” (GO Act). The GO Act streamlines the recreation permitting process and allows for increased public access and recreation opportunities on federal lands. In the yea... More
  • Obama Administration’s Closing Acts on ESA Deliver Big for Radical Left Litigants
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    Nov 29, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the completion of initial reviews of three Endangered Species Act (ESA) petitions, including one setting the clock to potentially re-list the lesser prairie-chicken as endangered. Re-listing will designate habitat on millions of acres of private land in part... More
  • Obama Administration’s Five Year Plan Sets Path for Energy Dependency
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior released their finalized Five-Year Plan for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program from 2017-2022. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “The Arctic has become nothing more than a prop for the President’s legacy. He has ignored pleas fr... More
  • Obama’s Midnight Fish and Wildlife Service Policy Sets Irresponsible Mitigation Standards
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    Today, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final revised policy on mitigation impacts of development. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “Up until the bitter end, this administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service is forcing damaging, last-minute edicts on their way out the door. I have s... More
  • Natural Resources and E&C Committee Leaders Comment on Energy Conference
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    Today, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement after the House sent the Senate its bipartisan proposal to the House-Senate energy bill. “This offer reflects policies that represent the current bipartisan consensus... More
  • 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
    Press Release
    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
    Press Release
    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
    Press Release
    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
    Press Release
    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

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