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  • Bishop: Lackluster Emissions Accounting, Bureaucratic Incompetence Undergird Administration’s Methane Agenda
    Press Release
    Jul 22, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) accounting and management of natural gas emissions on onshore federal lands. Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “BLM is supposed to prohibit venting and... More
  • Bishop Statement on Obama Administration’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Announcement
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) removed the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in response to a 2015 court ruling. The ruling vacated FWS’s decision to list the species as threatened. FWS also announced it will initiate another evalua... More
  • Bishop, Roberts, Westerman Push Reforms to Improve Federal Forest Health, Wildfire Budgeting
    Press Release
    Jul 15, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) participated in a press call to discuss pending wildfire and forest management legislation (H.R. 2647 / S. 3085). Click h... More
  • Hearing Reveals Administration’s Apparent Double-Standard for Federally Subsidized Renewable Energy Projects On Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on the status of Ivanpah and other federal loan-guaranteed solar energy projects on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The Obama Administration has subsidized billions of taxpayer dollars in renewable energy projects that have significantly unde... More
  • Bishop: Interior Appropriations Bill Combats Obama Administration’s “Limitless” Regulatory Overreach
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, by a 231-196 vote. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “Executive overreach from this Administration is in overdrive as the President’s second... More
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal: Editorial: Getting Burned
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 14, 2016 -
    Only “you can prevent forest fires.” That’s what Smokey Bear would have you believe, anyway. But America’s anti-wildfire mascot identifies only part of the equation. While visitors to the great outdoors can tamp out campfires or refrain from tossing cigarettes into dry leaves, the federal government, as manager of mill... More
  • Rep. Graves’ Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act Passes Committee with Bipartisan Support
    Press Release
    Jul 13, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on eight bills including H.R. 5577 (Rep. Garret Graves, R-LA), the Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act, which modernizes the Bureau of Ocean Management’s offshore leasing process through the use of internet-based oil and natural gas lease sales. H.R. 5577 pas... More
  • Rep. Gosar’s Bill Removes Barriers to Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Jul 13, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2663, the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015, which aims to streamline and facilitate increased development of renewable energy on federal land. H.R. 2663 advances an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy by addres... More
  • Game-changing Mancos Shale Reserves in Colorado Handicapped by Regulatory Uncertainty
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the opportunities and challenges in developing the Mancos Shale of western Colorado, which constitutes the second largest gas reserve in the U.S. behind the Marcellus Shale. A June 2016 report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) foun... More
  • California Water Supply Under Threat by Conflicting Federal Agencies
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on conflicting ideas between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that could threaten portions of California’s water supply. NMFS proposed holding back water behind Shasta Dam through the su... More
  • HEALTTH Act Addresses Healthcare Obstacles in Indian Country
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5406 (Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD), the Helping to Ensure Accountability, Leadership, and Trust in Tribal Healthcare Act (HEALTTH Act), highlighting the need to reform healthcare in Indian Country. The bill would improve ... More
  • Speaker Appoints Committee Members to National Defense Authorization Act Conference
    Press Release
    Jul 8, 2016 -
    Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appointed Committee members to serve on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R.4909) conference committee, including Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) and Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV). “Through this conference process we have an opportu... 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
  • BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule Crowds Out Local, State Voices in Favor of Special Interests
    Press Release
    Jul 7, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to hear from state and local representatives on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) draft Planning 2.0 Rule. This draft rule would dramatically shift resource management planning away from local communities to bureaucrats in Washington,... More
  • Arctic Rule Freezes Future Offshore Development
    Press Release
    Jul 7, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released the finalized safety regulations for Arctic offshore drilling for both the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This President continually g... More
  • Rep. Graves’ Offshore Bill Modernizes Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Process
    Press Release
    Jul 6, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5577, introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), the “Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act.” H.R. 5577, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), modernizes the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) offshore ... More
  • House Passes Bill to Address Conflicting Federal Statutes that Exacerbate California Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4582 (Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA), the “Save Our Salmon Act,” by voice vote. The legislation will exclude striped bass from the fish doubling requirement and other provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, eliminating the ongoing federal conflict between protecting striped bass ... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Advance Funding for Mine Cleanup Efforts
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3844 (Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA), the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act,” by voice vote. H.R. 3844 is part of a three-bill package developed by the Committee on Natural Resources to comprehensively address the existing funding, technical and legal impediments to r... 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
  • New Royalty Valuation Methods Attack Responsible Energy Production on Federal and Tribal Lands
    Press Release
    Jun 30, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) released a final regulation on valuating royalties from oil, natural gas and coal produced on federal and tribal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Don't be fooled. This rule is not about 'protecting ta... 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
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of PROMESA
    Press Release
    Jun 29, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 2328, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), with a bipartisan vote of 68-30. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “With a decade-long recession, worsening humanitarian conditions, a mass exodus of its residents and a looming f... More
  • Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Jun 25, 2016 -
    OP-ED: Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East By Rep. Rob Bishop Some say cultural trends start on the West Coast and make their way East, but one trend moving eastward is bad news for New Englanders. In my home state of Utah, the federal government owns 65 percent of the land. That is a problem. In the waning days of his a... More
  • Interior Lacks Enforcement and Accountability for Unethical Behavior and Criminal Conduct
    Press Release
    Jun 23, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the lack of enforcement and accountably from the Obama Administration in response to a growing number of reports of unethical and criminal conduct at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Since last month’s subcommittee hearing on the ... More
  • Bishop and Westerman Praise Senator Roberts’ Wildfire Legislation
    Press Release
    Jun 23, 2016 -
    Yesterday, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced S. 3085, the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016. The legislation pares a responsible solution to “fire-borrowing” with much needed reforms to improve forest heath on fed... More
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Bishop: Lackluster Emissions Accounting, Bureaucratic Incompetence Undergird Administration’s Methane Agenda

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) accounting and management of natural gas emissions on onshore federal lands. Committee ...... Read more

Bishop Statement on Obama Administration’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Announcement

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) removed the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in response to a 2015 court ruling....... Read more

Bishop, Roberts, Westerman Push Reforms to Improve Federal Forest Health, Wildfire Budgeting

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) p...... Read more

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