Media Advisories

05.06.19

Chair Grijalva, Sen. Udall to Lead Press Conference This Thursday Announcing Introduction of Hardrock Mining Reform Legislation

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will announce the introduction of hardrock mining reform bills in the House and Senate at a press conference on Thursday, May 9, at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time on Capitol Hill. Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), an original cosponsor of the House bill, and multiple conservation and business advocates will also speak in favor of modernizing the nation's badly antiquated hard… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Hearings for Week of May 6 to Focus on Ocean Legislation, Wildfire Oversight and Resilience, Mining Law Reform

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold three hearings during the week of May 6. On Wednesday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing on nine oceans bills that enjoy bipartisan support. As communities across the nation are preparing for the summer fire season, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will conduct an oversight hearing on wildfire resilience on Thursday, May 9… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Chair Grijalva, Dr. Ruiz & Tribal Advocates to Hold Press Conference on New Report on Federal Consultation of Tribes

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, May 1st, Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.), and Chairperson Aaron Payment will announce the release of a new report entitled "Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects." The report is the first-ever comprehensive review of 21 federal agencies' tribal consultation processes for the development and implementation of federal infrastructure projects. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engi… Continue Reading


04.26.19

Hearings for Week of April 29: DOI Reorganization, Public Lands Bills, Renewable Energy, Seafood Slavery, Puerto Rico Recovery, May 1 Markup

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources is holding five hearings and a markup for the week of April 29. Among other bills, the markup will include Rep. Jared Huffman's (D-Calif.) proposal to eliminate oil drilling authorization in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Trump administration's promise to reorganize the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been met with skepticism and controversy, especially because of former Secretary Ryan Zinke's failure to present any reorganiza… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Hearings for Week of April 8 Focus on Rebuilding Puerto Rico Power Grid, Moratorium on Mountaintop Mining, Addressing Parks and Forests Budget Cuts

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will host three hearings during the week of April 8 as members continue to work for the people. Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) led a congressional delegation to Puerto Rico in March to focus on hurricane recovery and the damaging effects of economic austerity. Island residents participated in a historic public listening session on March 15, and Grijalva promised to take what he heard back to Washington. On Tuesday, April 9, at 10… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Chair Grijalva Announces April 15 Field Hearing in New Mexico on Air Quality, Sacred Sites Impacts of Oil and Gas Development – Gov. Lujan Grisham Will Testify

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Vice Chair Haaland (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, today announced an April 15 field hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., titled Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites, where Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham (D) will be among those testifying. Ahead of the hearing, Committee lawmakers will meet with local environmental advocates, tour Chaco Culture Natio… Continue Reading


03.29.19

Natural Resources Hearings for Week of April 1 Include Water Infrastructure, Offshore Drilling, Public Lands, Park Service Budget, Indian Water Rights

Washington, D.C. - The Natural Resources Committee is holding six hearings during the week of April 1. The full schedule is available below. Tuesday, April 2 Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Hearing: The State of Western Water Infrastructure and Innovation When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building Witnesses Dave Eggerton Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies Representative of the National Water Resources Association … Continue Reading


03.21.19

Natural Resources Hearings for Week of March 25 Include Wildlife, Arctic Refuge, DOI Budget, Colorado River Compact, Mining Reform

Washington, D.C. - The Natural Resources Committee is holding five hearings during the week of March 25. The full schedule is below. Tuesday, March 26 Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Hearing: A legislative hearing on the following bills. H.R. 1326 (Rep. Mike Thompson), To provide for the preservation of America's outdoor heritage and enhance recreation opportunities on Federal land, and for other purposes."ACCESS Act." H.R. 877 (Rep. Austin Scott), To amend the Pittman-Rob… Continue Reading


03.13.19

HEARING SCHEDULE UPDATE: Thursday Hearing on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Now Starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time


03.11.19

Committee Hearings Later This Week Investigate Utah National Monument Cuts, Ways to Address the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Crisis

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, March 13, the full Natural Resources Committee will meet for a hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time titled Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments. On Thursday, March 14, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will meet at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time for a hearing titled Unmasking the Hidden Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW): Exploring Solutions to End the Cycle of Violence. T… Continue Reading


03.08.19

March 12 Subcommittee Hearings Announced – Morning Will Focus on BLM, Forest Service, Power Agencies; Afternoon Will Focus on Wildlife

Washington, D.C. - The Committee will hold two hearings on Tuesday, March 12. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time is titled Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, and the Power Marketing Administrations. The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hearing at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time is titled The State of Wildlife. Witnesses at the 10:00 a.m. hearing will discuss the Trump admini… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Chair Grijalva Leading March 15-18 Delegation to Puerto Rico to Focus on Austerity and Hurricane Recovery – Will Include Public & Media Availabilities

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is leading a congressional delegation to Puerto Rico to meet with community leaders and hear from the public. Members of Congress will gather information on failed federal recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and on the ongoing economic and social impacts of fiscal austerity. The trip is March 15-18. An itinerary with public and media availabilities is provided below. The point of contact for reporters for the duration of th… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Thursday Hearing Will Examine Multiple Threats to Gravely Endangered Northern Atlantic Right Whales as Trump Admin Mulls New Seismic Permits

Washington, D.C. - The Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will hold a March 7 hearing titled Examining the Threats to the North Atlantic Right Whale. Witnesses at the hearing will speak to the risks facing the fewer than 420 remaining North Atlantic right whales, including vessel collisions, entanglement in fishing gear, and disruptive seismic testing along the Atlantic seaboard, where the Trump administration is currently considering approval of new exploration permits. Recent studies ha… Continue Reading


03.04.19

Wednesday Hearing Will Examine Energy Extraction, Transparency, and Enforcement Policies at DOI Offshore Energy Agencies

Washington, D.C. - The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a March 6 hearing titled Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Witnesses at the hearing will speak to how federal agencies are implementing the Trump administration's industry dominance fossil fuel agenda and whether Trump officials are operating transparently and independently of inappropriate ind… Continue Reading


02.25.19

Feb. 27 Hearing Will Examine Rep. Sablan Bill Providing Legal Resident Status to Certain Mariana Islanders Left in Legal Limbo by Trump Decision

Washington, D.C. - The full Natural Resources Committee will hold a Feb. 27 legislative hearing to discuss H.R. 560, a bill by Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-CNMI) to clarify legal status for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Witnesses at the hearing will speak to the need to provide continued legal resident status for a group of people born in the Northern Mariana Islands after the local government voted to become a U.S. territory but before t… Continue Reading


02.25.19

LIVESTREAM LINKS: Tuesday Natural Resources Committee Hearings Will Examine Western Water Availability, Industry Climate Denial Practices

Washington, D.C. - Livestream links are now available for Tuesday's hearings at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time and 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Tomorrow morning's hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will - as previously announced - examine our nation's water supply challenges in the coming years, including the projected impact that climate change will have on shrinking snowpack, reduced precipitation, and warming temperatures. The… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Feb. 26 Hearing Will Examine Climate Change, Other Pressures on Western Water Supply and Related Economic Impacts

Washington, D.C. - The Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will hold a Feb. 26 hearing titled The State of Water Supply Reliability in the 21st Century. Witnesses at the hearing - part of the Natural Resources Committee's historic month-long series of hearings examining climate change - will speak to our nation's water supply challenges in the coming years, including the projected impact that climate change will have on shrinking snowpack, reduced precipitation, and warming temperatures. T… Continue Reading


02.21.19

Oversight Hearing on Feb. 26 Will Examine “The Denial Playbook” – Witnesses Include Ex-NFL Player, Recovering Opioid Addict, Climate Denial Expert

Washington, D.C. - The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a Feb. 26 hearing titled The Denial Playbook: How Industries Manipulate Science and Policy from Climate Change to Public Health. Witnesses at the hearing - part of the Natural Resources Committee's historic month-long series of hearings on climate change - will speak to the tactics used by various industries to mislead the public about health and environmental risks and explain how to recognize the signs of a denialist mi… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Natural Resources Committee To Hear From African American Leaders On Cultural Heritage And Environmental Justice

Washington, D.C. - In celebration of Black History Month, Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) will lead a forum with members of the House Committee on Natural Resources on the countless contributions the African-American community has made to the environmental and conservation movements. The Members of Congress and panelists will discuss the important roles the African-American community plays in protecting our natural and cultural resources, including preserving historical sites, combatting climate… Continue Reading


02.11.19

Witnesses Announced for 10:00 a.m. Climate Change Hearing This Wednesday – Committee Schedule Will Proceed as Previously Announced

Washington, D.C. - Witnesses have been announced for this Wednesday's Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands hearing on climate change. The event - titled Climate Change and Public Lands: Examining Impacts and Considering Adaptation Opportunities - is at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in Longworth 1324. The hearing will be streamed live online at http://bit.ly/2WYB1Qf. Witness List Majority Witnesses Dr. Patrick Gonzalez, University of California, Berkeley Dr. Gonzalez serve… Continue Reading

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