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  • Environmental Laws Threaten Safety in Borderland Communities
    Press Release
    Apr 28, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on impediments imposed by federal land management regimes in securing the international borders of the United States. Federal land management regulations create obstacles for the United States Border Patrol in effectively securing the border. This l... More
  • Committee Exposes DOI’s $50 Million Law Enforcement Database Boondoggle
    Press Release
    Mar 17, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing raising bipartisan concerns about the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) waste, abuse and incompetence concerning its law enforcement records system. Since 2003, DOI has spent over $50 million in federal funds on a database that is still ... More
  • WSJ: Downstream From a Slippery EPA
    In Case You Missed It
    Mar 1, 2016 -
    BY: Ryan Flynn The bright yellow water that gushed from Colorado’s Gold King mine and into the Animas River last summer has dissipated, but the environmental disaster continues downstream. An estimated 880,000 pounds of lead and other metals poured out of the Gold King in August when the Environmental Protection Agency... More
  • Agencies Questioned on Impacts of Obama Administration’s New Environmental Mitigation Regulations
    Press Release
    Feb 24, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing to review the Presidential Memoranda on mitigation issued on November 3rd, 2015 to five federal agencies. The memoranda creates sweeping new statutory authority and new requirements that agencies must use when evaluating and approving pro... More
  • Committee Issues Subpoenas on Gold King Documents
    Press Release
    Feb 18, 2016 -
    Yesterday evening, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for documents related to the USACE’s peer review of DOI’s Technical Evaluation of the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill. Republican... More
  • Investigative Report on EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Released by House Committee on Natural Resources Majority Staff
    Press Release
    Feb 11, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a Majority staff report detailing information uncovered during the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the EPA’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, Colorado in August 2015. The 73-page report documents the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Depa... More
  • Chairmen’s Letter to Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General Raises Serious Concerns About the Gold King Mine Spill Review
    Press Release
    Dec 18, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr., strongly questioned the timing and substance of interviews conducted two weeks a... More
  • Chairmen Letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr.
    Letters
    Dec 18, 2015 -
    TO: Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman House Committee on Natural Resources Louie Gohmert, Chairman Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dear Inspector General Elkins: On August 17, 2015, your office, the Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") Office of Inspector General ("OIG"), ... More
  • Committee Requests Documents from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Peer Review Process of DOI’s Animas Report
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2015 -
    At yesterday’s oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill, both Republicans and Democrats on the Committee raised numerous questions about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) involvement with the peer review process of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) study on the ... More
  • Gohmert Letter to Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick
    Letters
    Dec 10, 2015 -
    TO: Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick FROM: Louie Gohmert, Chairman Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Dear General Bostick: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") caused the spill of approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water from the Gold King Mine in San Juan County,... More
  • Bishop Letter to the Honorable Gene Dodaro
    Letters
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gene Dodaro FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Mr. Dodaro: On August 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") crew working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado spilled approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water into Cement Creek. The plume then flowed into the Animas ... More
  • Bishop Requests GAO Investigate Interior’s Obstructionist Tactics on Gold King Mine Spill
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    Following the oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill where Secretary Sally Jewell testified but failed to substantively answer the Committee’s questions, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) requested an independent review from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) ab... More
  • Committee Questions the Interior Department’s Lack of Transparency and Objectivity in Animas Spill Response
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2015 -
    During the Committee’s oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Role in the EPA’s Animas Spill, Committee members raised concerns about the DOI’s response to the spill, the lack of transparency and objectivity and the narrow scope of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) report. Secretary Sally Jewell’s ... More
  • Committee Unveils Federal Footprint Map
    Press Release
    Nov 17, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources released the Federal Footprint Map, which details the immense scale of federal land ownership and regulation in the United States. This interactive tool gathers data from federal agencies and will be used as an educational resource for Members of Congress and their staff, repor... More
  • Bishop: President Obama Disregards Law to Fundamentally Transform Federal Lands Policy
    Press Release
    Nov 3, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the White House’s memorandum on “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” “Memorandum, executive order…call it what you will. President Obama is thro... More
  • Bishop: “You violated the law. Period.”
    Press Release
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a joint hearing with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Animas River spill, which resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic water spilling into the Animas and San Juan Rivers from Colorado and into New Mexico,... More
  • AP: New Mexico official says EPA refused to share water data after toxic mine spill fouled rivers
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Federal regulators refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, a New Mexico official said Thursday. The move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the stat... More
  • Committees Request Information from the Department of Interior on EPA’s Animas Spill Ahead of Joint Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Sep 4, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell, requesting data and documents about t... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop and Lummis Letter to the Honorable Sally Jewell
    Letters
    Sep 3, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Dear Secretary Jewell: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency cause the spill of mine waste from a site in San Juan County, Colorado, into the regional river system. According to media reports,... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop and Lummis Letter to the Honorable Gina McCarthy
    Letters
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gina McCarthy FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Dear Administrator McCarthy: On August 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency cause the spill of mine waste from a site in San Juan County, Colorado, into the regional river system. According to media r... More
  • Chaffetz, Bishop and Lummis Letter to Dennis Greaney
    Letters
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    TO: Mr. Dennis Greaney FROM: Jason Chaffetz, Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Cynthia M. Lummis, Chairman Dear Mr. Greaney: An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesman identified your company, Environmental Restoration, LLC, as the contractor "whose work caused a mine spill in Colorado that released an estimated th... More
  • Committees Demand Answers on EPA’s Animas Spill Ahead of Joint Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, requesting data and do... More
  • Bishop To Visit Lake Powell Following EPA’s Animas River Disaster
    Press Release
    Aug 12, 2015 -
    On Monday, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) will visit Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River that straddles the borders of Utah and Arizona, in the aftermath of the EPA-triggered toxic spill into the Animas River. This lake and the Glen Canyon Dam that supports it are expected to be impacted by the dangerously high ... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to the Comptroller General of the United States Gene L. Dodaro
    Letters
    Jul 15, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Comptroller Dodaro: The National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") of 1969 and its implementing regulations strongly emphasize interagency cooperation in order to incorporate valuable expertise and streamline the environmental review process. Read the Cha... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to the Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss
    Letters
    Jul 13, 2015 -
    TO: Ms. Christy Goldfuss FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Ms. Goldfuss: I write regarding two proposed Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. These rules will regulate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from both ... More
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