Home > newsroom > Page
Bishop: Sage Grouse Decision Is De Facto Listing Aimed at Controlling the West


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2015 - House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s decision on the greater sage grouse.

“Do not be fooled. The announcement not to list the sage grouse is a cynical ploy.  With the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration’s oppressive land management plan is the same as a listing. Now, successful conservation done at the state level will be in vain. The new command and control federal plan will not help the bird, but it will control the West, which is the real goal of the Obama Administration. Some Western governors see this for what it is and I will work with them to ensure the rational plans created at the grassroots level that solve the problem will be the way forward to protect this bird."

More information: 
  • In 2011, as part of a “mega-settlement” with the WildEarth Guardians, the Department of the Interior (DOI) agreed to review the status of hundreds of candidate species, including the Sage Grouse. DOI was under a court-ordered September 30, 2015 deadline to make the resource management plans leading to its final listing determination.
  • These 98 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land management plans, which rarely are ever amended, will regulate energy, agricultural, and other economic activities on hundreds of millions of acres in Western states, restricting local, tribal, state and private property owners use of their own lands as BLM dictates.

  • The measures announced today in the BLM’s plans cater to the Interior Department’s arbitrary, court settlement deadlines negotiated with litigious groups as opposed to transparent data, actual scientific or effective conservation. 

  • The Committee will hold a full committee hearing entitled “Respecting State Authority, Responsibilities and Expertise Regarding Resource Management and Energy Development” on September 30th.

###


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop Statement on Coal Secretarial Order

Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order to formally end the coal leasing moratorium and reinstate the royalty advisory committee. House Committee on...... Read more

ESA Consultation Delays Block Critical Infrastructure Projects, Imperil Species Recovery Efforts

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on delays and uncertainty related to Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations. Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (...... Read more

Bishop Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s most recent executive order related to domestic energy production: “This...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 220, H.R. 1411 and Discussion Draft of the "Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act"
Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on the RECLAIM Act
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on Four Bills
Subcommittee on Federal Lands | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events