Home > newsroom > Page
Committee Issues Subpoenas on Gold King Documents


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 18, 2016 -

Yesterday evening, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for documents related to the USACE’s peer review of DOI’s Technical Evaluation of the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill.

Republicans and Democrats on the Committee have raised numerous concerns about DOI’s Technical Evaluation.  The USACE peer review of the DOI Technical Evaluation could shed light on these concerns. At the Committee’s December 9, 2015, oversight hearing, DOI Secretary Sally Jewell rebuffed bipartisan requests for the release of this information.

As part of its ongoing investigation of the spill and DOI’s subsequent report, on December 10, 2015, the Committee sent a letter directly to USACE requesting the full peer review documents.  DOI interfered with the Committee’s request and blocked USACE from releasing the information USACE had identified as responsive to the Committee’s request. 

USACE held serious reservations about the scope and veracity of DOI’s report, though the full nature of these concerns remain unclear due to DOI’s efforts to redact and withhold documents.

“The Department of the Interior has been actively working to withhold information from the Committee that members on both sides of the aisle are seeking. It’s time to come clean. The credibility of the DOI's Technical Evaluation is collapsing,” stated Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT).

"You would think the self-proclaimed 'most transparent' administration would have no qualms about providing pertinent documents to shine light onto the cause of this catastrophic spill, but we continue to have to fight this administration tooth and nail to get to the bottom of this disaster. This is not acceptable,” stated Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Click here and here to view the subpoenas. 


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop Statement on the Appointment of Brian Steed as Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the appointment of Brian Steed as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “Brian Steed has the expertise to hel...... Read more

Financial Controls Over Federal Assistance Dominates Hearing on Hurricane Recovery in U.S. Territories

Today, the Full Committee held an oversight hearing on “The Need for Transparent Financial Accountability in Territories' Disaster Recovery Efforts." The panel reviewed the financial needs of both Pue...... Read more

Committee Passes Bipartisan SECURE American Energy Act

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 4239, the “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act” or “SECURE American Energy Act.” The bi...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Oversight Hearing, "Modernizing NEPA for the 21st Century"
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on Geothermal Exploration, 3 Other Bills
Energy and Mineral Resources | 1334 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events