Committee on Natural Resources

Rob Bishop

House Committee on Natural Resources Announces Hearing Schedule for March 2015

2015/03/03

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources announced its hearing schedule for the month of March 2015. 

Hearing Details: 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:00AM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

10:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the National Park Service in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Effect of the President’s FY 2016 Budget and Legislative Proposals for the Office of Surface Mining on Private Sector Job Creation, Domestic Energy Production, State Programs and Deficit Reduction”

2:00PM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs
“Funding Priorities for and the United States’ Responsibilities concerning Indians, Alaska Natives, and Insular Areas in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, Office of Insular Affairs, and Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians”

Thursday, March 19, 2015
9:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Joint Subcommittee Hearing - Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans and Subcommittee on Federal Lands
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:00AM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

10:30AM
1334 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Power Marketing Administrations and USGS Water Division in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

1:00PM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Examining the Spending Priorities and Mission of the U.S. Geological Survey in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal”

Thursday, March 26, 2015
9:00AM
1324 Longworth HOB
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Effect of the President’s FY 2016 Budget and Legislative Proposals for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service’s Energy and Minerals Programs on Private Sector Job Creation, Domestic Energy and Minerals Production and Deficit Reduction” Read More

Chairman Bishop Discusses Homeland Security Funding on C-SPAN

2015/03/02


Chairman Bishop Interview on Morning in America with Bill Bennett

2015/03/02


Chairman Bishop Interview on Sirius XM Radio with Tim Farley

2015/02/26


Bishop on President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

2015/02/24

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL legislation today.  The legislation was approved earlier this month with bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate and was sent to the President earlier today. 

“President Obama has played his final hand on Keystone XL. His veto of Congress’ bipartisan legislation reveals how far he is willing to go to cater to environmental extremists. His veto of Keystone degrades America’s energy leadership on the global stage and insults Canada, one of our greatest allies. 

“Over a year ago, the State Department concluded the pipeline project ‘is not likely to have a material impact on greenhouse gas emissions.’  Yet bizarrely, the President is placing the fantasies of fringe interest groups and his own misguided political legacy over the needs of the American people.”
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Chairman Bishop Reacts to Department of the Interior’s Proposed Rule for Artic Drilling Standards

2015/02/20

Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement on proposed regulations for exploration and drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) announced earlier today by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). 

There’s a reason America has leapfrogged Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s top oil producer. Policies like this are not to thank. Responsible energy development on state and private lands is driving the U.S. economy, bringing manufacturing back to our shores, keeping energy prices low, and freeing us from the influence of OPEC. If we are to become independent of foreign oil, we must actively promote responsible development of federal assets that are energy-rich and abundant in supply.  Provisions in this rule cloud rather than clarify this prospect. I look forward to reviewing the intricacies of this rule and its impacts on limiting development.”  Read More

Chairman Bishop Reacts to Obama Administration’s Plans to Unilaterally Proclaim Three New National Monuments

2015/02/18

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after President Obama announced his intentions to unilaterally proclaim three new national monuments using the Antiquities Act of 1906. 

“President Obama has sidelined the American public and bulldozed transparency by proclaiming three new national monuments through executive fiat. The Obama Administration claims these designations have public support, but we know that is a complete stretch of the truth.  The cost to taxpayers is anyone’s guess and the impacts upon local communities are unknown.  Congress has demonstrated that it can work in a collaborative fashion to fully vet and approve designations that have support from the public and their elected representatives. This White House has shown once again its utter and complete disdain for the public process, Congress, and the communities most impacted by these unilateral, unchecked land designations.”

The President’s designations include Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Illinois, Browns Canyon in Salida, Colorado, and the site of a World War II-era internment camp in Honouliuli, Hawaii, and will be formally announced on Thursday, February 19, 2015. 

Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), stated: “Despite his calls to be the most transparent administration in history, President Obama has once again chosen to stifle public input and thumb his nose at Congress. Top-down, big government approaches and land grabs through executive order disenfranchise concerned citizens, and that’s exactly what happened in the Browns Canyon region. During my time in Congress, I have heard from hundreds of locals who don’t want to see Browns Canyon declared a National Monument. The President’s unilateral designation of Browns Canyon casts aside the concerns raised by local citizens whose concerns about grazing rights, water rights, and the inability to manage and fight wildfire in the area that will now never be satisfactorily addressed. People must realize that national monuments created by Presidential executive order under the Antiquities Act often become underfunded and neglected orphan properties. This is because they are created outside the normal Congressional process and without local consensus, robbing the people of fair and open input. Browns Canyon does not deserve this kind of second-class status.” Read More

Bishop on President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

2015/02/11

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement upon final passage of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. House.  The legislation has now been approved with bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate. 

The Hesitator in Chief has lost his last alibi. President Obama must either sign this bipartisan legislation or look the American people in the eye and sink the thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs that would flow from approving the Keystone XL.   

Chairman Bishop addressed the President directly, stating: “Our country and the world are watching, Mr. President. The question is: will you cater to the environmental extremists that seek to undermine America’s path to energy security or will you greenlight this bipartisan infrastructure project.

“Mr. President, let’s set our sights higher than a single political legacy. Let’s move forward on the Keystone pipeline and set our sights on strategic energy policies that will boost our domestic economy and strengthen our national security.”
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Bishop Lauds Colorado Governor’s Effort to Push Back Against Obama Administration’s Flawed Gunnison Sage Grouse Listing Designation

2015/02/11

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today issued the following statement in support of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's (D) lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency's decision, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a “Threatened” species and designate more than 1.4 million acres in portions of eastern Utah and western Colorado.

"It is my hope that governors across the country take note of what is happening in Colorado.  The Gunnison sage grouse decision is emblematic of the federal government’s utter disregard for data-driven decisions and state and local input in ESA listing determinations. This is part of a broader radical agenda where science is neglected, successful state-led conservation efforts are ignored, and critical habitat designations are increasingly driven by environmental lawsuits and closed-door settlement agreements. It’s an agenda that’s failing at species restoration and harming local economies in growing numbers. I, along with many other Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, support Governor Hickenlooper’s decision to stand up against this Administration and do what is right for his state."

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ROB BISHOP OP-ED: America's Arctic blink

2015/02/05

​OP-ED: America's Arctic blink
The Washington Times
Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01)
February 5, 2015 

The response should never be to falter when your enemy stares you down, but that’s just what President Obama has done with OPEC. He sent a signal: America will blink.

Last week, the Obama administration issued two edicts that could leave much of our strategic energy resources untapped for decades. Mr. Obama announced a plan on Sunday to lock up 12 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and on Tuesday, his administration offered the most restrictive offshore oil and gas leasing plan in the history of the program. This is the latest move in a broader regulatory expansion that has drastically driven down production on federal lands during his tenure.

By tightening his grasp on these resources, the president has revealed another lack of leadership on the global stage. This time, it’s America’s future leverage in world affairs and our nation’s path to energy security that’s at stake.

This is not a show of courage. It is a show of fear.

The United States is at a critical juncture. In less than a decade, our country has gone from energy dependence to energy abundance. Through homegrown innovation, we have fostered technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that have driven a global energy revolution — fueling our nation’s surge forward in 2014 to overtake both Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil and natural gas liquids producer. The United States has added more than 3 million barrels per day into the global oil market. In 2005, the U.S. imported 60 percent of our oil. In less than a decade, we have reduced that to 40 percent.

The often-overlooked side of this amazing energy comeback story is that America’s energy boom has occurred mainly on private and state lands that are outside direct federal control. That’s because the federal government, under direction from the Obama administration, has imposed layer upon layer of burdensome regulations on permitting and production. Top-down decisions to lock up federal energy resources from potential development are the final death knell for areas such as the Arctic. While environmental alarmists would have the public believe that industry is seeking to drill in beloved landmarks like the Grand Canyon, the reality is that the areas in question are unusable for tourism and specifically set aside for resource exploration and potential development. Moreover, energy producers are proving that they can balance responsible energy exploration and development with protecting our environment at the same time.
 
Beyond our shores, U.S. allies applaud our energy success — and hope to one day see American energy reach global markets in greater quantities. Our enemies, however, are terrified. Dictatorships from the Middle East to Latin America realize that America’s new strength is a threat to their own clout in the world and their grip on power at home.

Falling global oil prices over the past six months have exacerbated this tension and created a standoff. On one side stand the United States with our allies. On the other side are the petrol-dictators, whose economic power and oppression is completely dependent on oil. In November, OPEC refused to cut production targets — seeking to force American producers out of business and reassert control over global energy markets. OPEC’s signal? We are not afraid to wage economic war.

At this very critical moment, when the world turned to the United States to watch our response, what signal did we send? Mr. Obama announced plans to cut off future development of the resources that have given us this newfound leverage on the world stage. He blinked.

Now is not the time to blink. Instead, we must not only hold the line on production, but remain bold and exert our energy power. We finally have the potential to disarm and even break the bully OPEC cartel, while generating millions of jobs that have already driven our nation’s economy upward. Unlocking domestic energy and protecting environmentally sensitive areas are not mutually exclusive. The administration should open tracts of ANWR to responsible production and lease vast swaths of offshore acreage for exploration. The United States must open up energy exports to our allies in Europe — allies who are begging for our resources so they, too, can be weaned off hostile dictatorships. This would make for a stronger America and a safer world.

Let’s send a signal of strength that will leave those who are hostile to America trembling and our allies cheering. Read More

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Contact Information

1324 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2761
Fax 202-225-5929
naturalresources.house.gov


Membership

Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Garret Graves

LOUISIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Crescent Hardy

NEVADA's 4th DISTRICT

Jody Hice

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Raul Labrador

IDAHO's 1st DISTRICT

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Cynthia Lummis

WYOMING

Tom MacArthur

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Alex Mooney

WEST VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Dan Newhouse

WASHINGTON's 4th DISTRICT

Amata Radewagen

AMERICAN SAMOA

Glenn Thompson

PENNSYLVANIA's 5th DISTRICT

Bruce Westerman

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Rob Wittman

VIRGINIA's 1st DISTRICT

Donald Young

ALASKA

Ryan Zinke

MONTANA