Home > newsroom > Page
Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Jewell Regarding Counselor to the Secretary Steve Black


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2013 - Dear Secretary Jewell:

The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has been conducting oversight of and investigating since 2011 several Department of the Interior policies, decisions, and activities, including the Department's decision to impose a 6-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, edits to a report that incorrectly suggested the moratorium had been peer reviewed, compliance with federal ethics and conflict of interest laws, and policies concerning the development of renewable energy on federal lands.

A number of the matters being investigated by the Committee have been overseen or handled by the Counselor to the Secretary Steve Black. Despite repeated requests, the Department still has not provided all of Mr. Black's documents concerning his involvement in the editing of the 2010 drilling moratorium report. The Department's continued refusal to turn over these documents is especially troubling when compared to recent disclosures in other high profile Congressional investigations, including national security related information.

Read the entire letter HERE.

Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Members and Zinke Discuss a Better Path Forward for the Department of the Interior

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 201...... Read more

Bishop: Grizzly Delisting Process Emblematic of Need for ESA Reform

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 fo...... Read more

House Passes "One Stop-Shop" Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure

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” permitt...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Full Committee Markup
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Oversight Hearing “Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior”
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Oversight Hearing on "Examining Access to Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands"
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events