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  • Westerman Criticizes DOI’s Guidance on Energy Leases
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2021 -
    Last night, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced it will allow the 60-day suspension on processing oil and gas drilling permits to expire on March 21, 2021. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: “It’s becoming increasingly... More
  • Introducing the POWER Act
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    Jan 28, 2021 -
    Today, Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021 as a response to President Joe Biden’s ban on new energy leases in federal lands and waters. “With the stroke of a pen, President Biden locked up millions of ac... More
  • Biden’s Executive Order on Climate Harms Economy, Environment
    Press Release
    Jan 27, 2021 -
    Today, President Joe Biden signed an executive order titled, “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response: “Job killing, top-down, detrimental regulation is the Democrat way. P... More
  • Westerman Opposes Moratorium on Federal Leasing Projects
    Press Release
    Jan 21, 2021 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement on the Department of Interior’s (DOI) 60-day ban on oil and gas leases on all federal lands and waters: “The U.S. federal government owns and controls roughly 640 million acres of land across the country, ... More
  • Bishop Commends DOI Actions to Minimize the Shutdown’s Impact on Domestic Energy Production
    Press Release
    Jan 24, 2019 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah) sent a letter to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Acting Secretary David Bernhardt commending the swift action taken to curtail impacts from the partial shutdown to domestic energy production. Both Republican and Democratic House Natu... More
  • Bishop Statement on DOI’s Updated Permian Basin Assessment
    Press Release
    Dec 6, 2018 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement today regarding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) updated assessment of the Permian Basin: “The USGS’s latest assessment of the Permian Basin has doubled our nation’s onshore resources and is a homerun for our economy. It... More
  • Committee Advances Tribal Energy Legislation, Slate of Conservation, Public Lands and Fishery Bills
    Press Release
    Nov 15, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed eight bills, H.R. 3593 (U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.), H.R. 5025 (U.S. Rep. Amua Amata Coleman Radewagon, R-American Samoa), H.R. 6507 (U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Penn.), H.R. 6602 (U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.), H.R. 6652 (U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.), H... More
  • Bishop, Gosar Request Mineral Withdrawal Data from Zinke
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2018 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke regarding the number and total acreage of mineral withdrawals, for both minerals and oil and gas. “Last year, the Commit... More
  • Bishop Calls Out Democrat Hypocrisy at Hearing
    Press Release
    Jun 14, 2018 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft titled the Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act, which would increase the role of states in federal mineral management while respecting the American taxpayer. ... More
  • June meeting to focus on West Slope energy
    In Case You Missed It
    May 22, 2018 -
    The Daily Sentinel U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and two other House Republicans are hoping to refocus on Western energy sources and rural economic woes. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, will preside over a field hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee on June 1 at Colorado Mesa University, in Tipton's 3rd Congress... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Boost Domestic Critical Mineral Production
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    Mar 7, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 520, the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act.” Introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), the bill improves and streamlines the federal permitting process to promote domestic production of critical minerals. “Critical and strategic minerals ar... More
  • American LNG Exports Bolster U.S. Geopolitical Alliances
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    Feb 27, 2018 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources examined the role of the U.S. in liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets and benefits of natural gas production, transmission and exportation for America and its allies. “In recent years, the production of natural gas has allowed the U.S. to become an undeniable force... More
  • Panel Reviews Bill to Boost Domestic Critical Mineral Production
    Press Release
    Feb 15, 2018 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 520, the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act” (Rep. Mark Amodei) (R-NV). “There are many things that make the United States exceptional… We are blessed with the natural advantage of vast mineral resources, wh... More
  • Panel: Legislation Needed to Address Seismic Research Permitting Failures, Prevent Future Political Abuse
    Press Release
    Jan 19, 2018 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine regulatory obstacles to seismic research in America’s outer continental shelf (OCS). Acoustic seismic surveying is used to collect valuable information regarding offshore geological structures, and is used by a myriad of stakeh... More
  • Trump Administration Slashes Red-Tape Stifling American Energy Development
    Press Release
    Jan 18, 2018 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine Department of the Interior (DOI) actions to eliminate regulatory burdens for onshore oil and gas development on federal lands. In March 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Econo... More
  • Bishop Statement on Introduction of Senate Companion Onshore Energy Legislation
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    Jan 18, 2018 -
    Today, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill mirrors Title II of H.R. 4239, the “SECURE American Energy Act,” which passed the Committee in November 2017. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following s... More
  • Bishop on GAO Report: America’s Offshore Energy Potential Undermined by Bureaucratic Dysfunction
    Press Release
    Jan 4, 2018 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the failure of federal agencies during the previous administration to provide efficient, effective and transparent permitting for seismic research in America's Outer Continen... More
  • Bishop Statement on Trump Administration’s Draft Proposed National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
    Press Release
    Jan 4, 2018 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s Draft Proposed National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program: “The previous administration’s approach to offshore development started from the premise of considering ‘as little as possible.’ The Trump admi... More
  • Bishop Statement on Rescindment of Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Press Release
    Dec 29, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior rescinded the Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I applaud the Trump administration for reversing this duplicative and overreaching rule. Robust, tailored regulation at the state level is a better appro... More
  • Bishop: Opening ANWR Is Long Overdue
    Press Release
    Dec 20, 2017 -
    Today, the House approved the conference report on H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.” The bill includes language that opens up a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for responsible energy development. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “How... More
  • Bishop: USGS Report Exposes America's Foreign Mineral Dependency
    Press Release
    Dec 19, 2017 -
    Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) under the Department of the Interior (DOI) released its 2017 Critical Minerals Report. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “A country blessed with abundant mineral resources shouldn’t be mineral-dependent and vulnerable. This is an economic and security th... More
  • Onerous Regulatory Scheme for Mineral Development Exacerbates Foreign Resources Dependence
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the arduous and uncertain regulatory scheme governing domestic mineral development and resulting impacts on America’s economic and national security. Panel members discussed America’s reliance on foreign minerals and the benefits of in... More
  • Bishop Statement on BLM's Methane Rule Delay
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2017 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane rule delay: “The previous rule was outside the limits of BLM’s authority. It was one of the Obama administration’s half-baked schemes to force responsible energy development off federal lands. R... More
  • Bills Advance to Prevent Politically Motivated, Anti-Energy Federal Actions
    Press Release
    Nov 30, 2017 -
    Today, the Committee advanced two bills to bring greater certainty to the mining industry and shield economic development and energy projects from politically motivated actions. On January 16, 2016, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a moratorium on federal coal leasing. H.R. 1778 (Rep. Liz Cheney) correc... More
  • House Passes Bill to Protect Jobs in Minnesota
    Press Release
    Nov 30, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 3905, the “Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act.” Introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), the bipartisan bill spurs economic growth and job creation through responsible development of mineral resources in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. “Mining has been a way o... More

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