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  • 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
    Press Release
    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
  • The Audacity of Smothering Regulation
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Nov 21, 2016 -
    OP-ED: The Audacity of Smothering Regulation The Hill Chairman Rob Bishop Early in his tenure, President Obama pledged to pursue an "all-the-above" energy strategy. He then dedicated his administration to a smothering regulatory attack on the absolute majority of energy resources that American’s use in their daily liv... 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
    Press Release
    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
  • 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
    Press Release
    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
  • Missoulian: Congress Must Act on National Forests
    In Case You Missed It
    Nov 15, 2016 -
    By Dale Bosworth, retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service and former Regional Forester in Missoula, and Jack Blackwell is a retired Regional Forester for the California region of the Forest Service. Many of our national forests are in dire condition and Congress must take urgent action to address this worsening crisis... 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
    Press Release
    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
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House Passes Bipartisan “National Park Service Centennial Act”

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 mana...... Read more

USGS Fails to Explain Decades of Data Manipulation, Management Failures and Culture of Harassment

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 preem...... Read more

WRDA Agreement Delivers for Drought-Stricken West

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 reso...... Read more

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