• Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 7, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: E&E – Nick Juliano: “House Republicans continue push for offshore drilling” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds give industry, environmentalists more time to study drilling rule” Associated Press: “Tribe seeks to expand shale-oil drilling” Cronkite News – Evan Bell: “Gosar,... More
  • Witnesses: America Needs to Develop Its Offshore Energy Resources NOW
    Press Release
    Jun 6, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2231, the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act.” This legislation would expand U.S. offshore energy production to create American jobs, lower energy prices, generate new federal revenue, and strengthen America’s ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 31, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Senior House GOP lawmaker revives offshore drilling bill” Fuel Fix – Jennifer Hiller: “Texas leads nation in drilling activity – by a lot” Bloomberg: “California lawmakers turn down moratorium on fracking” New York Times –Jess Bidgood: “Massachusetts... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico Pro white board – Andrew Restuccia: “Hastings calls on Interior to preserve documents for probe” E&E – Phil Taylor: “Interior to launch energy safety institute” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds launch new offshore safety institute” Wall Street Journal OpEd– Tho... 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
  • Witnesses Stress Importance of Hydropower Development for Job Creation & Economic Growth
    Press Release
    May 23, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1963, The Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Daines (MT-At Large), this bill would create new American jobs and expand production of clean, renewable hydro... 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
  • Witnesses Highlight the Importance of Onshore Energy Development for Jobs, Economic Growth, & Energy Security
    Press Release
    May 22, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on four bills that would streamline government red tape and expand development of America’s onshore oil, natural gas, and renewable energy resources as part of a true all-of-the-above approach to energy production... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    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
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    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
  • Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member Markey Letter to Secretary Jewell Requesting Additional Time to Review and Comment on Interior's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Letters
    May 21, 2013 -
    Last week, the Department of the Interior released the most recent iteration of a rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. As part of the rulemaking, the Department of the Interior has proposed to provide 30 days for public comment on this revised draft rule. We jointly believe that this timef... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Obama Administration’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Imposes New Layers of Red-Tape, Duplicates States’ Efforts
    Press Release
    May 16, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement on the proposed regulations of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands announced today by the Department of the Interior: “The Obama Administration is once again choosing costly red tape at the expense of American jobs and Am... More
  • VIDEO: Drill Permit Streamlining Bill Sponsored by Rep. Cramer Passes House
    Blog
    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
  • 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
  • Natural Resources Committee Approves Three Bills to Help Develop Rare Earth and Critical Materials in the United States
    Press Release
    May 15, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills with bipartisan support that will create jobs, streamline government red-tape, and make America less dependent on foreign critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are vital to our everyday lives and are essential components of ren... More
  • Minerals in Our Everyday Lives
    Blog
    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
    Blog
    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
  • Witnesses to House Committee: Federal Government Must Stay Out of Hydro-Fracking Regulation
    Press Release
    May 8, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing entitled “DOI Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication, and Delay.” This hearing focused on the potential impact that the Obama Administration’s proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal lands would have on job creation... More
  • ICYMI: Interior’s fracking rules in crosshairs ahead of upcoming release
    Blog
    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
    Blog
    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
  • NEW REPORT: Speculation has little effect on oil prices
    Blog
    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
  • ICYMI: A Tale of Two Oil States
    Blog
    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
  • 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
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