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  • RECLAIM Act Needed to Accelerate Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands
    Press Release
    Apr 5, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1731 (Rep. Hal Rogers, R-KY), the “Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2017” or “RECLAIM Act.” “[H.R. 1731] finds a hard struck balance between many interested sta... More
  • Panel Reviews Slate of Locally Supported Land Transfers to Facilitate Critical Infrastructure Development
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    Apr 5, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on a slate of bills that would approve targeted land transfers to facilitate critical infrastructure development and job creation. “Sadly, these bills are necessary because the federal government has not recently been that good neighbor, and ideologica... More
  • President Trump Signs into Law Measure Ending FWS’s Unlawful Power Grab in Alaska
    Press Release
    Apr 4, 2017 -
    Yesterday, President Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). The joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act overturns the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wi... More
  • Panel Calls for Congressional Action to Expand Hydropower Infrastructure
    Press Release
    Apr 4, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans discussed two bills that would expand hydropower infrastructure and clean energy for communities in Alaska and across the West. “This hearing marks another step towards improving our nation’s infrastructure. Today’s main focus is on what we can do to empower regional, ... More
  • Reps. LaMalfa and Schrader Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electricity Reliability
    Press Release
    Apr 4, 2017 -
    Today, Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.” The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Jim Costa (D-CA), Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), improves the safety and reliability of the e... More
  • Bishop Statement on Coal Secretarial Order
    Press Release
    Mar 29, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order to formally end the coal leasing moratorium and reinstate the royalty advisory committee. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This moratorium was a hallmark policy of ... More
  • ESA Consultation Delays Block Critical Infrastructure Projects, Imperil Species Recovery Efforts
    Press Release
    Mar 28, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on delays and uncertainty related to Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations. Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) reacted to testimony from witnesses that recounted personal experiences with extensive delays as a result of ESA c... More
  • Bishop Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence
    Press Release
    Mar 28, 2017 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s most recent executive order related to domestic energy production: “This order begins the reversal of a number of harmful and ideologically-driven policies. We will work with the President to ... More
  • Statement on President Trump Signing Repeal of BLM Planning 2.0 Rule
    Press Release
    Mar 27, 2017 -
    Today, President Trump signed H.J. Res 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 Rule. “This rule would have given even more power to the bureaucracy in Washington when what we need is the exact opposite.... More
  • Statement on Trump Administration’s Plans to Repeal of Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Valuation Rule
    Press Release
    Mar 24, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior announced plans to repeal the Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s (ONRR) “Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Rule.” “The Trump administration should be commended for beginning the process of reversing the impossible regulatory requirements imposed ... More
  • Subcommittee Presses Panel on Status of Puerto Rico’s Power Utility Restructuring Agreement
    Press Release
    Mar 22, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA). PREPA, the state-owned, self-regulated monopoly that operates as Puerto Rico's public utility, provides power generation... More
  • Bishop Response to Successful Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale
    Press Release
    Mar 22, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior’s Lease Sale 247 for oil and gas parcels in the Gulf of Mexico brought in over $274 million for over 900,000 acres in the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Finally, we are taking advantag... More
  • Reps. Hice and Lowenthal Introduce Bill to Enhance Financial Aid for Mine Cleanup
    Press Release
    Mar 22, 2017 -
    Today, Representatives Jody Hice (R-GA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1668, the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act.” H.R. 1668 establishes a new foundation that will leverage private funding to assist federal land management agencies with abandoned mine lands cleanup as well as other mission areas. “... More
  • Panel: Infrastructure Package Must Include Permitting Reforms to Access Raw Materials
    Press Release
    Mar 21, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed the importance of domestically sourced raw materials for the upcoming infrastructure package. “Aggregates such as crushed stone, sand, and gravel are the literal foundation of many of our infrastructure projects,” Subcommittee Chairman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) ... More
  • Senate Passes CRA to Restore Wildlife Management Authority to State of Alaska
    Press Release
    Mar 21, 2017 -
    Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). The joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act will overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges... More
  • Panel: Ballooning Federal Estate a Primary Barrier to Modernizing Infrastructure on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on ways to improve infrastructure and management at the National Park Service (NPS) and the Forest Service (USFS). “A reasonable person might conclude that federal agencies with deferred maintenance backlogs of $6 billion [USFS] and $12 billion [NPS] sh... More
  • Trump Budget Blueprint Brings Accountably to Federal Bureaucracy
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2017 -
    Today, the Trump administration released its budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Bold and creative solutions are sorely needed to reform bloated agencies and programs so they better serve the American people. This framework is a positive start. I look forwa... More
  • Bishop Statement on Approval of Greens Hollow Lease in Central Utah
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement following Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approval of the Greens Hollow coal lease in central Utah: “After over a decade of bureaucratic purgatory, I’m happy to see Secretary Zinke approve this lease. This will be a vital source of employment, affordable energy an... More
  • Marine Monument Designations Sideline Communities and the Domestic Fishing Industry
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the creation and management of marine monuments and sanctuaries. The panel overwhelmingly objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process. “Federal decision-making directl... More
  • Latest Oil and Gas Figures Demonstrate Obama Administration’s Failed Energy Legacy
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) release of data concerning oil and gas leasing on federal lands under the Obama administration: “Production on federal lands was all but impossible under the Obama administ... More
  • House Passes Bill to Increase Water Storage at the Fontenelle Reservoir in Wyoming
    Press Release
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 648 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large) by an unanimous bipartisan vote of 408-0. H.R. 648 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement with the State of Wyoming to modify the Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir as a way to increase storage capacity and mitigate erosio... More
  • Washington Times: Obama’s Energy Legacy: Oil, Natural Gas Production on Federal Lands Tanked
    In Case You Missed It
    Mar 15, 2017 -
    By: Valerie Richardson Another piece of President Obama’s energy legacy: Oil and natural gas production on federal lands tanked under his tenure even as private activity increased. From 2008 to 2016, major indicators of federal onshore and natural gas operations declined, including the number of leases, acres leased, p... More
  • Indian Country and Insular Territories in Desperate Need of Infrastructure Updates
    Press Release
    Mar 9, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing exploring ways to improve infrastructure in tribal and insular communities. “Quality infrastructure boosts economic development, creates jobs, and quality of life increases. Nowhere is this more important than tribal and insu... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2017 -
    Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule. “This rule emboldened federal bureaucrats and placed special interests ahead of local communities and states in re... More
  • Bishop, Radewagen Call on President Trump to Reverse Unilateral Fishing Restrictions
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa) sent a letter to President Trump today requesting removal of all marine monument fishing prohibitions and reinstatement of fisheries management under federal law. “Access to several of the nation’s key fisheries is in jeopardy—through ... More

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