• Breakfast Links
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    May 29, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Rep. Hastings to Interior: Don't destroy documents” Fox News video – Fox and Friends: “Gibson Guitar CEO on Fox & Friends Explains Fish & Wildlife Service Raid” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Interior faces pressure to slow down fracking rule” Seattle Times ... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 23, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Republicans aim to overturn Obama’s plan for Alaskan oil” Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval” Washington Post – Darryl Fears: “Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds”... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 22, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Lawmakers press Interior to slow down on fracking rules” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Unlikely alliance: Political foes plea for more time on fracturing rule” The Hill – Zack Colman: “White House threatens veto of Keystone bill” Fuel Fix – David R.... More
  • ICYMI: AAA sees gas prices rising into Memorial Day weekend
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    May 21, 2013 -
    AAA sees gas prices rising into Memorial Day weekend By Talia Buford 5/21/2013 The seasonal Memorial Day rise in gasoline prices is likely to bump up the cost of filling up the car this weekend, but much of the pain will hit motorists in the Midwest and on the West Coast, where a confluence of factors is leading to al... More
  • VIDEO: View from the Top of the Washington Monument
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    May 21, 2013 -
    Last week, the National Park Service (NPS) finished the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument has been closed since being damaged in an Earthquake on August 23, 2011. This video released by the NPS shows a first person perspective from the top of the monument. More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 21, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Kim Murphy: “Alaska governor launches bid to measure oil in Arctic refuge” Joplin Globe – Andy Ostmeyer: “Federal agency proposes adding two Missouri mussels to endangered species list” Washington Examiner editorial: “Do 'Right by Ike' with scaled-down ... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 20, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: CQ – Anna McGeehan: “Panel Passes Bills on Rare Earth, Critical Minerals” Associated Press: “U.S. Gas Prices Up 11 Cents Over Past 2 Weeks” US News and World Report – Elizabeth Flock: “Commission for Unbuilt Ike Memorial Wants Another $51 Million From Taxpayers” Washington ... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 17, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds make concessions to oil industry in new hydraulic fracturing rule” Examiner – Charles Pekow: “Committee approves two bills to help national wildlife refuge system” Washington Post – Steven Mufson: “Obama administration issues draft frack... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 16, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Platts: “US House Republicans release bills for more oil, gas drilling” Associated Press: “Gosar, Kirkpatrick legislation for proposed Arizona copper mine gets committee approval” Green River Star: “Lummis soda ash bill passes House committee” Associated Press: “New secreta... More
  • VIDEO: Drill Permit Streamlining Bill Sponsored by Rep. Cramer Passes House
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    May 16, 2013 -
    In North Dakota, it can take 10 times as long to get a drilling permit on federal lands compared to state lands. That is why the House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass H.R. 767, a bill sponsored by Committee member Congressman Cramer, which streamlines the federal permitting process in North Dakota to reduce... More
  • Minerals in Our Everyday Lives
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    May 15, 2013 -
    Today, the Full Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup on 18 bills including legislation that will help develop critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, building materials and motor vehicles to pe... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 15, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press: “Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths” Associated Press – Ben Neary: “Western lawmakers push to restore mineral funds” Reuters – Alex Lawler: “IEA urges swift U.S. decision on allowing crude oil exports” Associated Press: “Ark. mountain snail dropped from e... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 14, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Darren Goode: “Key natural gas rules may be in the pipeline” Associated Press – Dina Capiello: “Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths” Bloomberg: “Gasoline rises most in three months at U.S. pumps” Wall Street Journal – Ben Kesling: “The Few, the Proud, the Tortois... More
  • Active Forest Management Is The First Line Of Defense
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    May 13, 2013 -
    Today during a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, Interior Secretary Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack highlighted steps the federal government is taking to prepare for the wildfire season. Both Secretary Jewell and Secretary Vilsack highlighted the ongoing effort for collaboration be... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 13, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Press Democrat – Guy Kovner: “Federal appeals court takes up Marin oyster farm case Tuesday” E&E – Manuel Quinones: “Panel to vote on drilling agreement, mining bills” Capital Press: “Congressional working group to examine Endangered Species Act” Wall Street Journal Editori... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 10, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press: “Oil industry: BLM is preventing job creation in Calif. by postponing oil, gas lease auctions” Elko Daily News editorial: “Amodei, GOP to tackle Endangered Species Act” Greenwire – Phil Taylor: “House GOP forms working group to overhaul ESA” Fuel Fix – Jen... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 9, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Julian Hattem: “Interior’s fracking rules in cross hairs ahead of upcoming release” Bloomberg – Mark Drajem: “Fracking Rule Draws Republican Critics as U.S. Readies Changes” Platts: “Federal fracking rule will slow US oil, gas production: officials” CNN – Steve H... More
  • ICYMI: Interior’s fracking rules in crosshairs ahead of upcoming release
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    May 8, 2013 -
    Interior’s fracking rules in crosshairs ahead of upcoming release By Julian Hattem Lawmakers from both parties are pouncing on the federal government's attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas extraction method also known as fracking, even before the draft rules have been released. At a hearing before... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 8, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Energy Guardian – Edward Felker: “Jewell vows to resist lobbying on fracking regs” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Senior Republican presses Interior for ‘certainty’ on Arctic drilling” Associated Press: “A look at US government's cuts in mineral payments” Associated Press: “Wildlif... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 7, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Alison Sider: “Coastal Governors Want More Offshore Drilling” Fuel Fix OpEd – Jeff Miller: “Guest Commentary: Deep-water oil and gas essential to global energy future” Associated Press: “Steam proposed to extract central Wyoming oil” The Atlantic – Ste... More
  • NEW REPORT: Speculation has little effect on oil prices
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    May 6, 2013 -
    Remember this? “We can’t afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate markets by buying up oil, creating the perception of a shortage, and driving prices higher.” — President Obama, April 17, 2012 According to a recent research study by professors at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, oil speculation has... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Now on Instagram
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    May 6, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources launched a profile on Instagram. It will feature behind-the-scenes photos of Committee events and hearings, as well as pictures of national parks, forests, American energy, rivers and lakes, fish and wildlife and many other topics under the Committee’s jurisdiction. To fo... More
  • ICYMI: A Tale of Two Oil States
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    May 6, 2013 -
    "Another contrast is that most Texas oil is on private lands, which owners are willing to lease at a price. In California much of the oil-rich areas are state or federally owned, and leasing doesn't happen because of political constraints. In California it can take weeks or even months to get approval for an oil rig. T... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    May 6, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Jake Sherman: “Democrats Peter DeFazio, Raul Grijalva vie for Ed Markey’s Natural Resources Committee post” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “New Interior secretary makes first offshore rig visit” The Hill – Zack Colman: “House to vote on Keystone XL bill in May” A... More
  • Increased American Energy Production Helps Boost US Job Numbers
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    May 3, 2013 -
    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that U.S. energy production is a job creator. Employment in oil and natural gas production rose 4.3% in the last year. This can largely be attributed to new energy production on state and private lands, which are significantly out producing federally permitte... More
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