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  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Acting Secretary Haugrud
    Letters
    Feb 2, 2017 -
    TO: Acting Secretary Haugrud FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Acting Secretary Haugrud: Over the past several years, many disturbing cases concerning Department of the Interior (Department) employees misconduct have cast doubts on effectiveness of the Department's hiring, retention, and termination policies. The Departme... More
  • Bishop and Gohmert Letter to Director Dan Ashe
    Letters
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    TO: Director Dan Ashe FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Chairman Louie Gohmert Dear Director Ashe: The Committee is conducting oversight of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) use of voluntary payments by energy developers to mitigate impacts on migratory birds. In 2001, Executive Order 13186 directed "departments a... More
  • Deputy Director William Werkheiser to Rep. Gohmert
    Letters
    Oct 7, 2016 -
    TO: Rep. Louie Gohmert FROM: U.S. Geological Survey Deputy Director William Werkheiser Dear Mr. Chairman: Thank you for your letter dated September 23, 2016, requesting information related to two scientific integrity incidents that occurred at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Geochemistry Laboratory (EGL) Inorg... More
  • Rep. Gohmert Letter to USGS Director Suzette Kimball
    Letters
    Sep 23, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Suzette Kimball FROM: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert Dear Director Kimball: The Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is conducting oversight of scientific misconduct and data manipulation at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Director Ashe
    Letters
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Dan Ashe FROM: Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Director Ashe: On August 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency-led crew ("EPA") discharged 3 million gallons of contaminated water from the Gold King Mine, located in San Juan County, Colorado into the Animas and the San Juan... More
  • Chairman Bishop and Chairman Upton Letter to Administrator McCarthy
    Letters
    Sep 9, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Gina A. McCarthy FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Chairman Fred Upton Dear Administrator McCarthy: Under section I 08(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is considering creating a regulatory regim... More
  • Rep. Gohmert Letter to USGS Director Suzette Kimball
    Letters
    Aug 29, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Suzette Kimball FROM: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert Dear Director Kimball: In June 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled "Scientific Integrity Incident at USGS Energy Geochemistry Laboratory... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Aug 29, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell FROM: Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Secretary Jewell: In April 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) drafted an after action review titled, “Strengthening Cultural Resources Stewardship in the National Park Service.” Read the entire letter HERE. More
  • Bishop Letter to Chairman Pete Sessions
    Letters
    Jul 8, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Pete Sessions FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Dear Mr. Chairman: I respectfully request that the Committee on Rules not protect from points of order under clause 2 of House of Representatives Rule XXI the text of Section 128, found on page 71, lines 19-25, of H.R. 5538,... More
  • Chairman Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Jul 1, 2016 -
    TO: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Dear Ms. Attorney General and Madame Secretary: In a February 26, 2015 correspondence (Letter) to Secretary Sally Jewell and former Attorney General Eric Holder, I outlined a number of ... More
  • Chairman Letter to The Honorable Neil Kornze
    Letters
    Jun 30, 2016 -
    TO: The Honorable Neil Kornze FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Dear Director Konze: I write to strongly encourage the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to revise, and re-open comments on, the "Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Previously Issued Oil and Gas Leases in White River Natio... More
  • Chairmen Letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr.
    Letters
    Dec 18, 2015 -
    TO: Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Louie Gohmert, Chairman Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dear Inspector General Elkins: On August 17, 2015, your office, the Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") Office of Inspector General ("OIG"), ... More
  • Gohmert Letter to Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick
    Letters
    Dec 10, 2015 -
    TO: Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick FROM: Louie Gohmert, Chairman Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dear General Bostick: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") caused the spill of approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water from the Gold King Mine in San Juan County,... More
  • Bishop Letter to the Honorable Gene Dodaro
    Letters
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gene Dodaro FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Mr. Dodaro: On August 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") crew working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado spilled approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water into Cement Creek. The plume then flowed into the Animas ... More
  • Bishop Letter to U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze
    Letters
    Nov 17, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Neil Kornze FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Director Kornze: I am writing to express concerns regarding the Bureau of Land Management's ("BLM") proposed updates to Onshore Orders 3, 4, and 5. Collectively, these orders address the measurement, collection and securing of information relating to produce... More
  • Bishop, Fleming, Young and Radewagen Letter to Christy Goldfuss and Eileen Sobeck
    Letters
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    TO: Ms. Christy Goldfuss Ms. Eileen Sobeck FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman John Fleming Don Young Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen Dear Ms. Goldfuss and Ms. Sobeck: The House Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee recently held an oversight hearing on the potential designation of marine national monuments, incl... More
  • Bishop Letter to the Honorable Sally Jewell and the Honorable Tom Vilsack
    Letters
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell The Honorable Tom Vilsack FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Secretaries Jewell and Vilsack: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF) is over 50 years old and has only been amended a few times in that 50 years. The House Committee on Natural Resources (Committee) is closely examining ... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop and Lummis Letter to the Honorable Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Sep 3, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Dear Secretary Jewell: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency cause the spill of mine waste from a site in San Juan County, Colorado, into the regional river system. According to media reports,... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop and Lummis Letter to the Honorable Gina McCarthy
    Letters
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gina McCarthy FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Dear Administrator McCarthy: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency cause the spill of mine waste from a site in San Juan County, Colorado, into the regional river system. According to media r... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop and Lummis Letter to Dennis Greaney
    Letters
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    TO: Mr. Dennis Greaney FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Dear Mr. Greaney: An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesman identified your company, Environmental Restoration, LLC, as the contractor "whose work caused a mine spill in Colorado that released an estimated th... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to the Comptroller General of the United States Gene L. Dodaro
    Letters
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Comptroller Dodaro: The National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") of 1969 and its implementing regulations strongly emphasize interagency cooperation in order to incorporate valuable expertise and streamline the environmental review process. Read the Cha... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to the Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss
    Letters
    Jul 13, 2015 -
    TO: Ms. Christy Goldfuss FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Ms. Goldfuss: I write regarding two proposed Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. These rules will regulate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from both ... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop, Lummis, McClintock, & Gosar Call on the BLM to Suspend the Merger of Arizona and New Mexico State Offices
    Letters
    May 18, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Neil Kornze FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Tom McClintock, Chairman Paul Gosar, Member Dear Mr. Kornze: According to media reports, you are considering merging the New Mexico and Arizona Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state offices in an attempt to boo... More
  • Chairman Rob Bishop Letter to Neil Kornze Director of the Bureau of Land Management
    Letters
    May 1, 2015 -
    TO: Neil Kornze FROM: The Honorable Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Director Kornze, The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations ("Subcommittee") recently learned that a number of reclamation bonds for renewable energy projects on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management's ("BLM") Rawlins Field Office were... More
  • Deferred Maintenance of Federal Land Management Agencies: FY2005-FY2014 Estimates
    Letters
    Apr 21, 2015 -
    Congressional Research Service BY: Carol Hardy Vincent, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy DATE: April 21, 2015 Each of the four major federal land management agencies maintains tens of thousands of diverse assets, including roads, bridges, buildings, and water management structures. These agencies are the Bureau o... More
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