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10.30.19

Chair Grijalva Hails Passage of Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act to Block New Uranium Mining – Thanks Allies for Victory a Decade in the Making

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which advanced on a 236-185 vote. The bill sets a permanent moratorium on new uranium mining claims on just over 1 million acres of federally protected public lands to the north and south of Grand Canyon National Park. Its passage represents a legislative victory more than a decade in the making for Grijalva, who first introduced the Grand Canyon Watersheds Protec… Continue Reading


10.29.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. O’Halleran, Supporters of “Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act” Holding Post-Vote Press Conference on Wednesday Evening

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.) will hold a press conference at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in H-137 at the U.S. Capitol following the House vote on Grijalva's Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act. The lawmakers will be joined by Native American and other supporters of the bill, which puts a permanent moratorium on new uranium mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park. The event w… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Huffman Request Administration Data on Impacts From Potential Rollback of Roadless Rule in Tongass National Forest

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen today seeking more information on how the Trump administration's proposal to end Roadless Rule protections for the Tongass National Forest will impact indigenous communities, the regional economy, local salmon habitats, and the health of vital watershed… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Lowenthal Release GAO Report Finding Fossil Fuel Companies Have Avoided Paying Billions in Taxpayer Royalties From Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, today released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding that U.S. taxpayers have been deprived of nearly $20 billion in offshore oil and gas revenues due to a Newt Gingrich-era law that exempted certain offshore leases from having to pay federal royalties and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) policies that consistently … Continue Reading


10.23.19

Natural Resources Committee Passes Mining Reform, Mining Pension Bills

Washington, D.C. - Today the Natural Resources Committee voted to advance Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) bill to update our nation's antiquated Mining Law of 1872 (H.R. 2579, Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019) and two bills aimed at protecting miner pensions and health benefits (H.R. 934,Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2019 and H.R. 935, Miners Pension Protection Act). America's mining laws have remained relatively untouched since they were established by President Ulyss… Continue Reading


10.15.19

In New Video, Arizonans Urge Permanent Grand Canyon Protection Ahead of Expected Vote on Chair Grijalva’s “Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act”

Washington, D.C. - In a newly released video, Arizonans from all walks of life describe the need to protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims ahead of an expected vote later this month on Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act. The video, available on Twitter here and Facebook here, includes voices from the Native American, sportsmen and business communities. Chair Grijalva introduced the bill in February. A vote is expected on the House f… Continue Reading


09.30.19

Chair Grijalva Hosting Forum This Wednesday in Northern Arizona With Navajo Uranium Miners on Tribal Land

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is hosting a forum on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 9:00 a.m. Arizona time to discuss the future of uranium mining. What: Forum with Navajo uranium miners Where: Navajo Education Center, 1 Morgan Blvd. Window Rock, Ariz. When: Oct. 2 at 9:00 a.m. Arizona time Panelists: Navajo uranium miners and family members Members of the community Health care "I met a Navajo uranium miner this summer and was moved by the strength it took to… Continue Reading


09.30.19

Broad Spectrum of Science Organizations Rejects Trump Administration Attempt to Force Bureau of Land Management to Ignore Climate Change Impacts

Washington, D.C. - Several science organizations today soundly rejected the Trump administration's attempt to force the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pretend, in a formal government document, that climate change is not a serious threat. The appendix of BLM's recently released environmental impact statement for the proposed oil and gas leasing program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge includes the following consciously misleading language: The BLM does not agree that the proposed d… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Grijalva Letter to Sec. Bernhardt Requesting Documents on BLM Reorganization September 25 2019


09.20.19

NEXT WEEK: Full Committee Markup, Full Committee Joint Hearing, Several Legislative and Oversight Hearings

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources is hosting five hearings next week, including a joint hearing between the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Sustaining U.S. Pacific Insular Relationships. Energy and Mineral Resources Legislative Hearing: Fossil Fuel Development: Protecting Taxpayers and Eliminating Industry Giveaways When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building Bills Considered … Continue Reading


09.18.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Lowenthal Release GAO Report on Taxpayer Exposure from Inadequate BLM Oil and Gas Bonds, Look Ahead to Hearing on Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, today released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding that oil and gas bonds held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are insufficient to clean up orphaned wells, putting U.S. taxpayers potentially on the hook for reclamation costs ranging from tens to hundreds of millions of dollars. The GAO report, Oil and Gas: Bureau … Continue Reading


09.12.19

Chair Grijalva Hails Historic Passage of This Week’s Bills to Protect Coasts, Arctic Refuge From Drilling – “We Need a Better Way of Doing Things”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the House passage of three bills to protect the Atlantic, Pacific, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico coastlines from offshore drilling and to block the Republican push for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The House just passed Rep. Jared Huffman's (D-Calif.) Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, and yesterday approved Rep. Joe Cunningham's (D-S.C.) Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act and Rep. Fra… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Chair Grijalva, Leading Democrats, Tribal and Conservation Advocates Holding Wednesday Press Conference on Impending Arctic Drilling Prevention Vote

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and other leading Democrats will speak at a press conference with Alaska Native and conservation advocates at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning outside the U.S. Capitol on the need to pass Rep. Huffman's Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, a bill set for a Thursday vote in the House. The bill prohibits the Bureau of Land Management from administering oil and gas leasing in and from the Coastal Pl… Continue Reading


08.23.19

Chair Grijalva on New Grand Staircase-Escalante Management Plan: “Never Mind the Law – The Trump Administration is Destroying Protected Places”

Washington, D.C. - Today the Trump administration released a new Monument Management Plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that seeks to open hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands to new oil, gas, and coal extraction and other destructive uses. The new plan is a direct result of President Trump's illegal decision unilaterally to shrink monuments established under the Antiquities Act - a decision that faces an ongoing court challenge in which more than 100 members of Congr… Continue Reading


07.30.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Lowenthal Push Interior Secretary for Documents as DOI Ignores Taxpayer Risks of Offshore Oil and Gas Decommissioning Costs

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, sent a letter today to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt seeking documents on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) decision to cancel regulatory measures that would have protected U.S. taxpayers from billions of dollars in costs to remove disused offshore oil and gas infrastructure. The letter questions BOEM's failure to develop n… Continue Reading


07.29.19

Chair Grijalva and Leading Democrats Push Interior Secretary for Documents, Urge Arctic Leasing Pause Pending Investigation of Political Pressure

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and three senior Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today seeking documents that might explain the rewriting of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) - initially prepared by career staff at multiple agencies within the Department of the Interior (DOI) - to downplay the risks of new oil and gas drilling along the coastal plain of Alaska. The letter - also signed… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Natural Resources Committee Will Hold Sept. 10 Hearing on Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s Order to Relocate Bureau of Land Management to Colorado

Washington, D.C. - The House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Sept. 10 - shortly after the House returns from the August recess - on the Trump administration's decision relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo., and to move other offices and functions of the agency to offices across the West. The hearing will address the Trump administration's failure to offer any meaningful justification for the move, t… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Natural Resources Committee Passes Grijalva Bills to Protect Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining, Remove Uranium From “Critical Minerals” List

Washington, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee just approved Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) bills to protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims (H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act) and to remove uranium from the federal critical minerals list (H.R. 3405, Removing Uranium From the Critical Minerals List Act). Taken together, the bills represent a concerted effort to end the mining industry's push for special treatment from the federal governmen… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Natural Resources Committee Passes Bill to Protect Chaco Canyon from Future Drilling – Vote Follows Field Hearing in April That Revealed Enormous Local Support

Washington D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee today approved Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján's (D-N.M.) H.R. 2181, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, which withdraws federal land around New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park from future oil and gas leasing. The bill is co-sponsored by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif), Rep. Rube… Continue Reading


07.15.19

Chair Grijalva on Expected Bureau of Land Management Move to Colorado: This is Industry Favoritism and Staff Cutting, Not Improving Public Service

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on reports that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt intends to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo. Bernhardt, a native of nearby Rifle, Colo., and other top Interior officials have resisted the Committee's calls for transparency on the Trump administration's plans to "reorganize" the Interior Department or affiliated agencies. "This administrat… Continue Reading

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