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  • Bishop: Obama Inserts Harmful Climate Agenda at Hurricane Katrina Anniversary
    Press Release
    Aug 27, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s remarks in New Orleans: “The White House has held fast to its mantra that a tragedy is a terrible thing to waste. Burning plenty of carbon-emitting fuel as Air Force One travels to New Orl... More
  • Bishop: Throwing Salt in the Wound In Latest Water Diversion Decision
    Press Release
    Aug 25, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation’s latest announcement to flush Trinity River water towards non-listed fish species. “As California and the West are drying up, the Obama Administration has announced another unjustifie... More
  • Bishop: President Obama’s Energy Agenda is Powering Dependency
    Press Release
    Aug 24, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks at the Eighth Annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Once again, the President is deceptively touting his Administration’s agenda as necessary to expand affor... More
  • Bishop Responds to Tragic Deaths of Firefighters
    Press Release
    Aug 21, 2015 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to the loss of the three firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Twisp River fire in Washington State this week: Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31. This follows the deaths of David Ruhl, 38, and Michael Hallenback, 21, who died fighting two ... More
  • Bishop: Methane Plan Flies in Face of Technological Reality
    Press Release
    Aug 18, 2015 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for limiting methane from the oil and natural gas industry. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response: “The EPA’s plan to limit emissions flies in the face of technological reality. The truth is that while the oil and nat... More
  • Bishop To Visit Lake Powell Following EPA’s Animas River Disaster
    Press Release
    Aug 12, 2015 -
    On Monday, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) will visit Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River that straddles the borders of Utah and Arizona, in the aftermath of the EPA-triggered toxic spill into the Animas River. This lake and the Glen Canyon Dam that supports it are expected to be impacted by the dangerously high ... More
  • Field Hearing Highlights Draconian Rejection of Science, Local Stakeholder Input with National Park Service’s General Management Plan for Biscayne Bay
    Press Release
    Aug 3, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee held a joint field hearing in Homestead, Florida, on the National Park Service’s (NPS) General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park released in June 2015. The GMP, which includes a Marine Reserve Zone (MRZ) that would be ... More
  • Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of the Endangered Species Act
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2015 -
    Replay the Environmental Protection Agency’s apparent disregard for the Endangered Species Act requirements through the very animals they are affecting. The EPA thought they had it all figured out. They were going to shut down some power plants, solidify the President’s climate legacy, and nothing was going to stand in... More
  • Chairman Rob Bishop Opening Statement at the Full Committee Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) of the House Committee on Natural Resources made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation." Remarks as prepared - Every day, Americans are required to comply with an ever growing list of federal regulat... More
  • Action Agency Missing in Action
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on “Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to testify, despite the fact that, as the action agency implementing the Obama Administration’s new and existing coal-fired power plant rules, it i... More
  • 46 Members Criticize Obama Admin. for Sidelining States on Stream Rule, Request 120 Day Public Comment Extension
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2015 -
    Today, forty-six Members of Congress sent a letter to Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) Director Joseph Pizarchik requesting an extension of the public comment period and more time for public review of OSM documents related to the Stream Protection Rule (SPR) and the draft environmental impact... More
  • Coastal Zone Management Act Reexamined in Light of Newfound Energy Prosperity
    Press Release
    Jul 28, 2015 -
    The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on "Federal Implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Act" (CZMA). This is the first hearing on CZMA that the Committee has held in 16 years. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) discussed the CZMA’s impact on ... More
  • Controversial Social Cost of Carbon, Developed Behind Closed Doors, Jeopardizes Energy Production & American Way of Life
    Press Release
    Jul 22, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the process and development of the Obama Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), a controversial statistical model that is being incorporated into all environmental reviews subject to approval under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The... More
  • Congressional Committees Announce Joint Oversight Hearing on Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park
    Press Release
    Jul 22, 2015 -
    On Monday, August 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee will hold a joint full committee field hearing titled “Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the Local Economy and Environment.” Committe... More
  • Bishop: Report Reveals Obama’s Energy Legacy of Failure
    Press Release
    Jul 17, 2015 -
    Today the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on fossil fuels produced from federal and Indian lands for FY 2014. Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The government’s report on energy production on federal lands is astonishingly dismal. T... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Deliver Relief to People Suffering From Western Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 16, 2015 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 with bipartisan support by a vote of 245-176. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement upon final passage. “In the midst of the drought crisis in California and the West, H.R. 2898 will l... More
  • Bishop: States Marginalized as Obama Admin. Drops Conflict-ridden Stream Rule
    Press Release
    Jul 16, 2015 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (“OSM”) proposed Stream Protection Rule (SPR) released today by the U.S. Department of the Interior. “The Obama Administration has proven to be the bully reg... More
  • H.R. 2898: The Bill Where Everybody Wins
    Blog
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    The current regulatory framework for water in the West is wrought with twists, turns, obstacles, and wasted resources. Follow the path and find how H.R. 2898, The Western Water and American Food Security Act, provides relief from challenges caused by inconsistent laws, court decisions, and regulations at the state and ... 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
  • Bishop vs. BLM on Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Implementation
    Press Release
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    Today, during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) confronted Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze on the Bureau’s utter lack of preparedness in anticipation of the impending hydraulic fracturing rule on federal lands, which BLM was scheduled to b... More
  • Bishop Requests GAO Report on Stream Buffer Zone Rule
    Press Release
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (“OSM”) compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in the development and drafting of the Obama Admin... More
  • Subcommittee Debunks Seismic Scare Tactics
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on the bureaucratic delays and lack of transparency with the federal permitting process for seismic surveying in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Since the Department of the Interior first initiated the regulatory process in 2009 to allow... More
  • Bishop: White House Opposition to Drought Relief Bill Affirms Environmental Left’s War on People
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2015 -
    Today, the White House issued a statement of administration policy on H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, which the Committee passed last Thursday with a bipartisan vote of 23-12. The legislation is scheduled for consideration in the House this week. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) commente... 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
  • Bishop: Surreptitious White House Land Grab is Shameful Executive Move, Makes Mess of Democratic Process
    Press Release
    Jul 10, 2015 -
    Today, the President announced plans to unilaterally designate more than one million acres in Basin and Range in Nevada, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Berryessa Snow Mountain in California as monuments – totaling already six this year, and 19 since he’s been in office. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following sta... More
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