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  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Transparency on Science, Issues Subpoena on White Bluffs Bladderpod Listing Decision
    Press Release
    Apr 7, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) issued a subpoena to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seeking documents surrounding the process and science behind the decision to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Committee first... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Water Resources Association
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 2, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following prepared remarks at the National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, highlighting hydropower as a clean, renewable energy resource; California water issues; and the need to update and improve the Endangered Species Ac... More
  • Hastings: Court Misses the Mark on ESA Settlement Ruling
    Press Release
    Apr 1, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) issued the following statement regarding the federal court ruling upholding the Obama Administration’s closed-door Endangered Species Act (ESA) settlement agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians: “I’m disappointed with to... More
  • Members Introduce Four Common Sense Bills to Update the Endangered Species Act
    Press Release
    Mar 27, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming-at large), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), and Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) today introduced four limited bills to improve and update the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bills are supported by all of the Members of the ESA Cong... More
  • Chairman Hastings and Rep. Lummis' Joint Op-Ed in The Daily Caller: Improving the Endangered Species Act for the 21st Century
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Mar 12, 2014 -
    Improving the Endangered Species Act for the 21st Century By ESA Working Group Co-Chairs Doc Hastings and Cynthia Lummis The Daily Caller 3/11/2014 Over forty years ago, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with the noblest of intentions – conserve and recover wildlife facing preventable extinction. This i... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Documents and Answers on White Bluffs Bladderpod Listing
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letter to Ken Berg, Manager at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Washington state Fish and Wildlife Office, seeking answers to specific questions about whether or not the Service’s recent decision to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as thr... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manager Ken Berg Seeking Documents and Answers on White Bluffs Bladderpod Listing
    Letters
    Mar 7, 2014 -
    Dear Mr. Berg: On December 20, 2013, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ("FWS") published a revision to the final rule that listed the White Bluffs bladderpod, Physaria Douglasii subspecies Tuplashensis, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") and designated over 2,000 acres as critical habitat. ... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Transparency of Litigation Settlement Practices Necessary to Prevent Abuse
    Floor Statements
    Feb 26, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act or 2014. “Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this measure, and particularly a portion sponsored by Representat... More
  • Witnesses Highlight Examples of How ESA Settlements are Harming Transparency, State and Local Economies, and Efforts to Conserve Species
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing entitled “ESA Decisions by Closed-Door Settlement: Short-Changing Science, Transparency, Private Property, and State & Local Economies.” This hearing examined the impacts of the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) closed-door mega-settlements on listing ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Looks Ahead to 2014
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement at today’s Full Committee hearing previewing several activities and focuses for next year: “Before proceeding with today’s hearing, there are several general announcements that I would like to make regarding Committee busi... More
  • Committee Passes Legislation to Help Protect Endangered Salmon Survival in the Pacific Northwest
    Press Release
    Nov 14, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1308 the “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” by a vote of 22-16. This legislation is aimed at protecting endangered Columbia River salmon and other fish species from predation by California and Steller Sea Lions. The bill only addresses ... More
  • Letter from 75 Members of Congress to Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Calling for Full Delisting of the Gray Wolf
    Letters
    Nov 13, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: We write in strong support of the proposed rule to delist the gray wolf nationally, included in docket number FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073, although we are opposed to the provision included in this rule that would list the Mexican wolf as an endangered sub-species. The statutory purpose of the Endangered Spe... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Obama Administration’s Endorsement of States' Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Plan
    Press Release
    Oct 23, 2013 -
    Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) endorsement of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan. “It’s encouraging that after a year of r... More
  • Chairman Hastings Statement on Obama Administration's Proposed Habitat Designation of the Canada Lynx
    Press Release
    Sep 26, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to designate over 26 million acres of habitat in six states for the Canada Lynx, which has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): “The Obama Admin... More
  • Witnesses: Current Law Should Be Followed For Lacey Act Listings
    Press Release
    Sep 20, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on the “Department of the Interior’s proposal to establish a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for adding species to the Lacey Act’s list of injurious wildl... More
  • News Coverage of the ESA Field Hearings on Casper, Wyoming and Billings, MT
    Blog
    Sep 5, 2013 -
    On Wednesday, September 4th, the House Natural Resources Committee held two Full Committee field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered... More
  • Witnesses: Endangered Species Act Must be Improved to Better Protect both Species and Local Economies
    Press Release
    Sep 4, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held two Full Committee field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) lis... More
  • Witnesses & Members Agree on the Need for Transparency in Data Used for ESA Decisions
    Press Release
    Aug 1, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on “Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct?:The Impacts of the Obama Administration's Closed-Door Settlements on Endangered Species and People.” The hearing examined the need for data transparency as it relates to federal decisions on implement... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Flores: Fracturing rules would give feds a foot in the door” Washington Times – Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer: “Keystone pipeline supporters slam Obama’s skeptical comments on economic impact” Fuel Fix – Emily Pickrell: “Texas will continue to l... More
  • E&E Daily: Subcommittee wrangles bills on 'escape artist' snakes, polar bears, Asian carp
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 26, 2013 -
    A House Natural Resources subcommittee heard testimony yesterday on four bills on a variety of wildlife species -- one to lift restrictions on polar bear trophies, another to allow the export of certain protected snakes and two to combat an invasion of Asian carp. The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Ins... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 12, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “U.S. House passes Rattlesnake Mountain access bill” Washington Times – Patrice Hill: “U.S. gains global competition as shale energy revolution heats up” The Hill – Julian Hattem: “Wildlife agency proposes endangered listing for chimps” Assoc... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 11, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Alaska Public Radio – Ed Schoenfeld: “Sealaska Land Bill Scheduled For Congressional Markup” The Hill – Zack Colman: “Energy agency: US oil-and-gas reserves up 35 percent, thanks to shale boom” Arizona Republic – Brandon Loomis: “Mexican gray wolves may get more area to live... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 10, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Oil and Gas Journal – Nick Snow: “Witnesses describe benefits from expanding OCS activity” Washington Post – Lenny Berstein: “Gray wolf to lose endangered species protection as numbers rise” Wall Street Journal OpEd – Chuck Leavell: “Why U.S. Wood Can—and Should—Power Europe... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Gray Wolf Endangered Species Delisting
    Press Release
    Jun 7, 2013 -
    Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings released the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to delist the Gray Wolf from the endangered species list. “The Service’s decision today to delist gray wolves only makes sense, and is long overdue. This untangles the ridiculous situation... More
  • All Witnesses in Agreement that ESA Needs Improvement
    Press Release
    Jun 4, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing entitled “Defining Species Conservation Success: Tribal, State, and Local Stewardship Vs. Federal Courtroom Battles and Sue-and-Settle Practices.” At the hearing, Members and witnesses compared the effective conservation efforts happening on state, ... More
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