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  • Committee Calls for Improved Science, Local Flexibility and Regulatory Certainty in Magnuson-Stevens
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    Jul 19, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing examining the successes and needed updates to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Passed in 1976, MSA is the primary law governing fisheries in federal waters. The law requires federal fishery managers to impose an annual catch limit on both commercial and r... More
  • Rep. Paul Cook Introduces Bill to Foster Robust Domestic Helium Market
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    Jul 18, 2017 -
    Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) introduced H.R. 3279, the “Helium Extraction Act of 2017.” The bill authorizes the Bureau of Land Management to lease federal land for the purpose of helium production under the same lease terms as oil and gas. “Facilitating a robust domestic helium market will spur job creation, promote ma... More
  • Committee Reviews Economic Ripple Effect of Greater Alaska Oil and Gas Development
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    Jul 18, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on onshore oil and gas development in Alaska. Panel members highlighted the many benefits for Alaska and the Lower 48 if the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) were opened for responsi... More
  • Panel Reviews Slate of Lands Bills to Benefit Local Communities Burdened by Federal Roadblocks
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    Jul 14, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on three targeted bills that facilitate locally supported transfers or exchanges of certain federals lands to improve public land access and benefit local communities, and a bill to authorize the establishment of the National Global War on Terrorism Me... More
  • Panel Evaluates Policy Options on Trust Land Acquisitions
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    Jul 13, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing to review the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) policies governing the acquisition of land into trust for Indian tribes. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) delegates broad authority to the Secretary of the Interior to acquire ... More
  • Panel: Expanding Offshore Access a Boon for Coastal Communities, Integral to Future Energy Security
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    Jul 12, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on federal offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Panel members discussed the benefits of expanding access to the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Alaska for coastal communities, job creation nationall... More
  • House Passes Water Bill to Promote Abundant Water Supply to California and the West
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    Jul 12, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 23 (Rep. David Valadao, R-CA), the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act” or “GROW Act.” The bill addresses underlying federal policy, regulatory and administrative failures that have contributed to the mismanagement of water supplies across the West. “Dogmatic paradigms and failed federal p... More
  • Bishop Statement on Zinke's Secretarial Order on Onshore Oil and Gas Permitting
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    Jul 6, 2017 -
    Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3354 to identify solutions to streamline the permitting process for mineral leases on federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Secretary Zinke’s commitment to foster regulatory certainty and unleash our energy potential is a... More
  • Bishop Announces New Subcommittee Chairman and Assignments
    Press Release
    Jun 29, 2017 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced updated assignments and subcommittee leadership appointments for the House Committee on Natural Resources during the 115th Congress. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) will serve as the new Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) will ser... More
  • Panel: Regulatory Uncertainty, Red Tape Discourages Responsible Energy Development
    Press Release
    Jun 29, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the status of onshore oil and gas leasing and drill permitting processes on federal lands. Members and witnesses discussed improvements to the duplicative and costly bureaucratic policies discouraging operators from leasing federal min... More
  • Excessive Litigation Diverts Interior from Core Mission, Congressional Mandates
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    Jun 28, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing examining how excessive litigation is draining taxpayer resources and preventing the Department of the Interior (DOI) from fulfilling its core statutory functions and responsibilities. “Special interests repeatedly exploit our legal system to furthe... More
  • Bishop Statement on Puerto Rico Oversight Board and PREPA
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    Jun 28, 2017 -
    Yesterday, the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board rejected the Puerto Rico Electricity Power Authority (PREPA) restructuring support agreement (RSA) between Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and PREPA’s creditors. Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement: “Congress provided a path to sta... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Improve the Health and Resiliency of Federal Forests
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    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan bill to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improve the health of federal forests and rangelands. “Our forest health crisis can no lo... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Protect Water Rights
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    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced H.R. 2939, the “Water Rights Protection Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), the bill protects privately held water rights from federal overreach. “In recent years, we have seen federal agencies ignore the concept of private property rights and t... More
  • Committee Advances Bill to Ease Impediments to Recreation on Public Lands
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 289, the “Guides and Outfitters Act” or “Go Act.” Introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), the bill aims to increase public access to recreation activities on federal lands by streamlining the federal permitting process. “For too long, prohibitive costs have be... More
  • Committee Passes Slate of Mining Reform Bills
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    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed a slate of mining reform bills: H.R. 1731, the “Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2017” or the “RECLAIM Act,” H.R. 2053, the “Mining School Enhancement Act,” and H.R. 2937, the “Community Reclamati... More
  • Committee Passes Locally Driven Land Exchange Bill to Promote Economic Development in Nevada
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    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1107, the “Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act.” Introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), the bill codifies a bipartisan agreement between major stakeholders in Pershing County, Nevada to benefit conservation, improve federal land managemen... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Facilitate Alaska's King Cove Land Exchange
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    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 218, the “King Cove Land Exchange Act.” Introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), this bipartisan bill authorizes a land exchange to facilitate the construction of a road linking the City of King Cove to the City of Cold Bay to access a modern airport. “For too lon... More
  • Bishop Welcomes Rep. Gianforte to the Natural Resources Committee
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Republican Steering Committee appointed Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Gianforte will serve on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I’m excited to welc... More
  • Bishop: Pumped Storage Integral to "All of the Above" Energy Strategy
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    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1967, the “Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act.” Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the bipartisan bill authorizes expanded pumped storage hydropower at select Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) facilities. “For an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy we need ‘all-of... More
  • Bishop Statement on WOTUS Recission
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its decision to rescind the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This rule aggrandized federal bureaucrats at the expense of farmers’ water and private property rights. EPA’... More
  • Members and Zinke Discuss a Better Path Forward for the Department of the Interior
    Press Release
    Jun 22, 2017 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing with Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to examine the Trump Administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 and new policy priorities of DOI and its subagencies. “The shared priorities of balancing our budget, improving land m... More
  • Bishop: Grizzly Delisting Process Emblematic of Need for ESA Reform
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    Jun 22, 2017 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be delisted from the endangered species list. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I commend this Administration and the Department of the Interior for delisting the grizzly bear even... More
  • House Passes "One Stop-Shop" Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure
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    Jun 22, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 233-180. Introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the bill creates a “one-stop-shop” permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation for new or expanded surface storage facilities. It streamlines agency perm... More
  • Panel: Domestic Helium Production Needed Avoid Shortfall and Strengthen National Security
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    Jun 21, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of the “Helium Extraction Act of 2017.” The bill authorizes the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to lease federal land for the purpose of helium production under the same lease terms as oil and gas. “[M]ajor concerns... More

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