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  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on the President’s State of the Union Address
    Press Release
    Jan 28, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address: “Despite President Obama’s repeated claims of making job creation and economic growth a priority, the reality is that he has actively chosen to ignore the economic poten... More
  • ICYMI: President Obama’s low-ball estimate for Keystone XL jobs
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2013 -
    President Obama’s low-ball estimate for Keystone XL jobs By Glenn Kessler 7/30/2013 “My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year o... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Jewell Regarding Counselor to the Secretary Steve Black
    Letters
    May 28, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Jewell: The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has been conducting oversight of and investigating since 2011 several Department of the Interior policies, decisions, and activities, including the Department's decision to impose a 6-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, edits to a r... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    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
  • Chairman Hastings talks about the Keystone XL Pipeline on Fox Business News
    In Case You Missed It
    May 22, 2013 -
    Today, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings spoke with Melissa Francis on Fox Business to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline - a project that is vital to America's energy future. ### Printable PDF of this document More
  • Hastings: Keystone XL Pipeline Vital to America’s Energy Future
    Press Release
    May 22, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor in support of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. “I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. This important legislation would remove roadblocks to allow for the approval and... More
  • House Committee Approves Legislation to Approve Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement with Mexico
    Press Release
    May 15, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1613, the “Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act” with a bipartisan vote of 25-16. This important legislation would approve and implement the terms of the U.S. - Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement that governs t... More
  • Increased American Energy Production Helps Boost US Job Numbers
    Blog
    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
  • ICYMI: Representative Daines Speaks with WSJ Live about Keystone XL
    Blog
    Apr 25, 2013 -
    Yesterday, Representative Steve Daines (R, Mont.) joined The News Hub to talk about the Keystone XL pipeline legislation that passed yesterday in the House Natural Resources Committee. Click here to watch the video More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 19, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: E&E – John McArdle: “Administration's final ocean plan sparks Hill debate on whether it streamlines or burdens agencies” E&E – Phil Taylor: “House Republicans introduce bill to approve U.S.-Mexico transboundary agreement” Billings Gazette – Rob Chaney: “Tribal ownership, op... More
  • Witnesses Hail State Energy Policies, Discuss how Federal Red Tape Blocks Much-Needed Energy Production
    Press Release
    Apr 17, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on "State Lands vs. Federal Lands Oil and Gas Production: What State Regulators are doing right.” This hearing examined the disparity between oil and natural gas production on state and private lands versus production on federal lands. President Oba... More
  • VIDEO: Chairman Hastings' Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing
    Blog
    Apr 17, 2013 -
    Today the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee oversight hearing to examine the difference in energy production and permitting on federal lands versus state and private lands. While energy production on state and federal lands is flourishing, regulatory red tape and bureaucratic hurdles imposed by th... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Obama Administration’s New Regulations to Discourage U.S. Oil Shale Production
    Press Release
    Mar 22, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced onerous new government red tape that will discourage production of 1.5 trillion barrels of American oil shale. “Since taking office, President Obama has stall... More
  • U.S. Dependence on Middle East Oil Increases Under President Obama While Federal Oil and Natural Gas Production Decline
    Hot Air Alert
    Feb 28, 2013 -
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) yesterday released disturbing new data that shows the United States has been increasing its dependence on oil from one of the most unstable regions in the world. Middle Eastern oil now accounts for more than 25 percent of American oil imports—a nine year high that has co... More
  • President Obama’s American Energy Logic: Block Energy Production in Area Specifically Established for Energy Production
    Press Release
    Feb 21, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today released the following statement after the Department of the Interior finalized plans to lock up the majority of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) from energy production. “As gasoline prices continue to increase for the 34th day in a row,... More
  • From the Headlines: Gasoline Prices Rise for 32 Days Straight, Hit American Families at Worst Possible Time
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 19, 2013 -
    Yesterday marked 32 days in a row of increased gasoline prices, a 13 percent jump, according to the Automobile Association of America (AAA), which estimates the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.74. When President Obama took office in January 2009, the average price for gallon of gasoline was $1.... More
  • Under President Obama’s Leadership, Permits to Drill on Federal Lands Take 30 Percent Longer to Approve
    Hot Air Alert
    Feb 13, 2013 -
    During last night’s State of the Union, President Obama claimed his Administration has been actively working to speed up Applications for Permits to Drill (APDs) for energy producers on federal lands: “That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.” But facts are stubbo... More
  • Chairman Hastings Statement on Report Detailing Economic Benefits of Energy Production on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after reviewing Dr. Joseph R. Mason’s report on the “Economic Effects of Immediately Opening Federal Lands to Oil and Gas Leasing: A Response to the Congressional Budget Office.” The report projects significant growth in jo... More
  • Mr. President, Where are the Jobs??
    Resourceful Information
    Jan 25, 2013 -
    As many media outlets have pointed out, the one issue most notably absent from President Obama’s inaugural address this week was jobs. With unemployment at 7.8 percent and the economy and jobs still topping the list of Americans’ greatest concerns, it’s baffling why the President chose not to mention this in his first ... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 7: Oil Shale
    Press Release
    Nov 2, 2012 -
    Oil shale is one of the most promising new sources of American-made energy. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. holds more than half of the world’s oil shale resources. The largest known deposits of oil shale are located in a 16,000-square mile area in the Green River formation in Colorado, Utah a... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 6: Renewable Energy
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2012 -
    While President Obama likes to talk about the job creation and economic potential of renewable energy development on federal lands, his Administration has imposed unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and duplicative regulatory requirements that have made the development of wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy mor... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 5: Onshore Oil & Natural Gas
    Press Release
    Oct 31, 2012 -
    Oil and natural gas production on federal lands is one of the best opportunities for job creation and economic growth, yet too often it has been blocked and delayed by Obama Administration policies. Locking up lands to energy production and imposing duplicative, burdensome regulations have caused federal energy produc... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 4: Alaska
    Press Release
    Oct 26, 2012 -
    Alaska is home to some of the most abundant energy resources in this country. These resources, if responsibly harnessed, hold the potential to significantly strengthen American energy independence, create thousands of American jobs and generate billions of dollars in new revenue. Unfortunately, the Obama Administratio... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 3: War on Coal
    Press Release
    Oct 25, 2012 -
    During President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he declared one of his energy goals was to “bankrupt” the coal industry by making electricity prices “skyrocket.” That policy statement kick-started the President’s continuing war on coal miners, their families and the millions of Americans who rely on afford... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 2: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Oct 24, 2012 -
    Technological advances in the state-regulated practices of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have caused oil and natural production from shale reservoirs on state and private lands to significantly increase over the past four years. Hydraulic fracturing is currently responsible for 30 percent of our domesti... More
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