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  • 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 House Passage of Bill Benefitting Indian Tribes
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2018 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement today after the House passed S. 245, which benefits Indian tribes developing energy resources and forest management procedures. “Indian tribes are an integral part of our country’s culture and economy, and this bill provides t... More
  • House Passes Bills Promoting Land Exchanges, Heritage Sites
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2018 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 3008 (U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas), H.R. 5513 (U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif.), H.R. 6108 (U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.), H.R 6118 (U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C.), H.R. 6665 (U.S. Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam), H. Res. 792 (U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.), S. 245 (U.S. Sen. John Hoe... More
  • ICYMI: Stepping Up to the Plate: A New Paradigm for American Energy
    In Case You Missed It
    Jun 29, 2018 -
    By U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop The Hill Getting things done in Washington is no easy task. It requires skill, a degree of salesmanship, negotiation and some good old-fashioned luck. Above all, it requires patience. I’m an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and it’s no secret that the Cubs suffered a torturous 71-year absence from playing... More
  • Bills Increasing Responsible Energy Development, Public Education Funding Pass Committee
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced several onshore energy development bills, including H.R. 6107 (U.S. Rep. Pearce, R-N.M.), H.R. 6088 (U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah), H.R. 6087 (U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.), and H.R. 5859 (U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.). “These bills will benefit the American ... 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
  • Bishop, Lamborn Applaud the Start of Columbia River Treaty Renegotiations between United States, Canada
    Press Release
    May 29, 2018 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Water, Power & Oceans Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) issued the following statement today as the United States and Canada begin negotiations to renew the Columbia River Treaty which balances Canadian Flood Control with U.S. Hydropowe... 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
  • Committee Passes Bill to Improve Regulatory Efficiency, Environmental Progress
    Press Release
    Jan 10, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3133, the “Streamlining Environmental Approvals (SEA) Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the bill amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to remove duplicative permitting requirements that inhibit economic development and restoration... 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 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
  • Members Introduce Bipartisan Scalise-Cuellar-Bishop-Gonzalez Energy Bill
    Press Release
    Nov 3, 2017 -
    Today, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), joined by House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Vicente González (D-TX), introduced legislation to promote domestic energy development on both America’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and its vast onshore federa... More
  • Panel: State Management Plans Are the Only Path to Successful Sage Grouse Conservation
    Press Release
    Oct 25, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing to review the success of Western State sage grouse management plans and the need for continued local control over sage grouse management. Western States sage grouse management plans have been the primary driver of improvements to the species range-wide. “[T... More
  • Onshore Energy Bill Draws Praise as Subcommitte Continues Broad Overhaul of Federal Lands Energy Policy
    Press Release
    Oct 13, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony on a discussion draft of the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill allows states with established regulatory programs to seek primacy for the implementation of federal permitting respo... More
  • Offshore Energy Bill Gains Support as Subcommittee Continues Broad Overhaul of Federal Lands Energy Policy
    Press Release
    Oct 11, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of the “Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore Act” or the “Astro Act.” The bill, which improves access to Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy resources through more reliable leasing and an improved revenue sharing... More
  • Bishop Statement on Sage Grouse
    Press Release
    Oct 5, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior announced plans to reverse the former administration’s 10 million acre mineral withdrawal across six western states, overhaul the de facto Sage Grouse listing and improve management of the species through greater state input. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan “Community Reclamation Partnerships Act” to Aid Mine Cleanup Efforts
    Press Release
    Oct 2, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 2937, the “Community Reclamation Partnerships Act.” Introduced by Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), the bill authorizes partnerships between states and non-governmental entities for the purpose of expanding abandoned mine reclamation projects. The bill addresses impediments potential “Community Rec... More
  • Subcommittee Begins Comprehensive Onshore Federal Lands Energy Policy Overhaul with Review of Targeted Reform Measures
    Press Release
    Sep 6, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources began a comprehensive legislative overhaul of federal onshore energy development with a legislative hearing to review targeted bills that reform the existing federal regulatory framework. “Each of these bills seeks to facilitate responsible onshore energy producti... More
  • Letter: Members Call on Secretary Zinke to Include all OCS Lands in the Development of New Offshore Leasing Plan
    Press Release
    Aug 16, 2017 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and 118 additional Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary Zinke requesting the Department of the Interior to include consideration of all Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lands in the development of a new National Outer Continental S... More
  • Bishop Statement on U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on Freeport LNG Export Terminal
    Press Release
    Aug 15, 2017 -
    Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a unanimous opinion that the U.S. Department of Energy conducted appropriate review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in its approval of the Freeport LNG export terminal project. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Tod... More
  • Bishop Statement on Rescindment of Federal Coal, Oil and Gas Valuation Rule
    Press Release
    Aug 7, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) rescinded the Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s (ONRR) “Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Rule.” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This rescindment is another important step by the Trump administration to position... More
  • Committee Reviews Economic Ripple Effect of Greater Alaska Oil and Gas Development
    Press Release
    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
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