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  • Obama Administration’s Five Year Plan Sets Path for Energy Dependency
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    Nov 18, 2016 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior released their finalized Five-Year Plan for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program from 2017-2022. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “The Arctic has become nothing more than a prop for the President’s legacy. He has ignored pleas fr... More
  • Natural Resources and E&C Committee Leaders Comment on Energy Conference
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    Today, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement after the House sent the Senate its bipartisan proposal to the House-Senate energy bill. “This offer reflects policies that represent the current bipartisan consensus... More
  • Stream Protection EIS Is the Final Volley in the Administration’s War on Coal
    Press Release
    Nov 17, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed stream protection rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This represents the final volley in this administration’s war on coal. Although OSM ass... More
  • Federal Lands Freedom Act Empowers State Energy Development
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 866 (Rep. Diane Black), the “Federal Lands Freedom Act of 2015.” This bill will delegate control over responsible energy exploration to states. “Rather than continuing to allow faceless bureaucrats in DC to determine what is best... More
  • Obama Administration’s Midnight Flaring Rule Harms Children, Must be Reversed
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2016 -
    Today, the Bureau of Land Management released the finalized methane and waste prevention rule on federal and tribal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “The Obama administration is once again inserting itself on an issue where they have absolutely no statutory authority. This harmful reg... More
  • The Hill: Embracing Arctic Offshore Exploration for Economic and Energy Security
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 9, 2016 -
    By: “Ayyaiyak” Stefanie Armstrong As a proud Alaska Native and an aspiring engineer at the University of Alaska Anchorage, I’m enthused about Alaska’s future, and my role in it. I’m also convinced that Alaska’s economic sustainability and America’s energy security are inextricably bound to the continuation of safe, res... More
  • Committee Passes Rep. Zinke’s “Certainty for States and Tribes Act”
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 5259 (Rep. Ryan Zinke), the Certainty for States and Tribes Act. The bill will reestablish the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee. H.R. 5259 passed by a vote of 22-13. “With the Obama Administration’s moratoriu... More
  • Bishop Opening Statement on House-Senate Energy Conference Meeting
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, House and Senate conferees met for opening statements on S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “We need more Americans to share in the low prices afforded by American energy abundance. That includes improving the permitting process to a... More
  • House Passes Bill to Modernize the Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Process
    Press Release
    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5577, the “Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act,” by voice vote. Introduced by Reps. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), it provides the Interior Secretary with the authority to conduct internet-based oil and natural gas lease sales for the U.S. Outer Conti... More
  • House Passes Thompson Bill to Protect Private Mineral Rights in the Allegheny National Forest
    Press Release
    Sep 6, 2016 -
    Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3881 (Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson), the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2016, by a vote of 395-3. In the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) the federal government owns the surface rights, but the subsurface mineral rights have always been privately owned.... More
  • No Accountability One Year After the EPA-caused, DOI-approved Gold King Mine Disaster
    Press Release
    Aug 5, 2016 -
    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “A year later, the Obama Administration still won’t tell us the whole truth. Accounts of ... 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
  • 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
  • Panel Reviews Bill to Give States and Tribes a Seat at the Table in Federal Royalty Decisions
    Press Release
    Jun 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on Rep. Ryan Zinke’s (R-MT) “Certainty for States and Tribes Act” (H.R. 5259), legislation to reestablish the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) and create a more transparent and cooperative process in roya... More
  • Panel Highlights Technological Innovation in the 21st Century Mining Industry
    Press Release
    May 25, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Exploring 21st Century Mining Safety, Environmental Control, and Technological Innovation.” The new culture of collaboration between technological companies and the mining industry empowers every miner to be in charge of safety. “So o... More
  • Panel: Obama Administration Relies on Cherry-Picked Science and Non-Transparent Tactics to Justify Overreaching Agenda
    Press Release
    May 19, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine deficiencies in regulatory transparency at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Transparency is the cornerstone of a participatory democracy, but there are glaring failures from the increasing use of executive orders and quest... More
  • Federal Land Management Agency’s Duplicative Regulation Acts in Opposition to Its ‘Stated’ Purpose
    Press Release
    Apr 27, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on a recent regulation issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding methane on federal lands. While the BLM has no authority under the Clean Air Act, the rule proposes to greatly expand BLM’s existing regulations to include dup... More
  • Panel Reviews Rep. Thompson's Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015
    Press Release
    Apr 19, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3881 introduced by Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), the “Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015.” The bill clarifies and codifies the repeatedly upheld decision by federal courts to protect the rights of private min... More
  • Bishop: Safety Rules that Undermine Safety Are Irrational
    Press Release
    Apr 14, 2016 -
    Today, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the final well control rule for offshore energy exploration and development. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I was not alone in pointing out the many failures in the original draft of this rule that would harm existing safety... More
  • Committee Leaders’ Letter to OMB Outlines Unintended Safety Consequences of Well Control Rule
    Press Release
    Apr 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to highlight the negative unintended conseque... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Releases Puerto Rico Discussion Draft
    Press Release
    Mar 29, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released discussion draft legislation on Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Today, the Committee released draft legislation that provides Puerto Rico with tools to impose discipline over its finances, meet its obliga... More
  • Lamborn to OSMRE on Stream Rule: “Someone’s Not Telling The Truth.”
    Press Release
    Mar 23, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal for the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Mr. Joseph Pizarchik, Director of OSMRE in the Department of the Interior, testified before the panel. Rep. Ale... More
  • Bishop: OPEC and Russia Applaud the President’s Methane Announcement
    Press Release
    Mar 10, 2016 -
    Today, during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama announced plans to develop federal methane regulations on existing domestic energy sources. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “If OPEC and Russia want to succeed in their war against American ener... More
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