Oppose H.R. 1937 - Dear Colleague Letter

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva sent the following letter to the House of Representatives to urge votes against H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015: Oppose H.R. 1937: The Not-So-Strategic and Not-Particularly-Critical Minerals Production Act Dear Colleague: Are you worried that the United States is becoming dependent on imported sand and gravel? Do you fear that we could face a crippling shortage of crushed stone? Concerned that foreign govern… Continue Reading


Oct. 8 Letter to Bishop on Republican LWCF Filibuster


Request to Bishop and Fleming for Hearing on NOAA Climate Plan Oct. 7


Oppose H.R. 702: The Foreign Energy Dependence Act

Oppose H.R. 702: The Foreign Energy Dependence Act "Why can't we produce American energy in America for Americans?" -Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), 7/29/08 Dear Colleague, For decades, one of the primary goals of American energy policy was to make the United States energy independent. Until recently, House Republicans seemed to share that goal: "We need more supply, and everyone agrees it should be our own energy, not foreign." -Doug Lamborn (R-CO), May 5, 2011 "Why can't we produce … Continue Reading


Sept. 28 Letter to President Obama on Vetoing Bad ESA Provisions

This letter urges President Obama to veto any defense or other authorization bills with anti-Endangered Species Act amendments.… Continue Reading


House Natural Resources Committee and House Judiciary Committee Speak Out Against Proposed Changes to the ESA Citizen Participation Rule

House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers Jr., House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Debbie Dingell and House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Ranking Member Henry C. "Hank" Johnson sent a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to urge them to oppose the proposed changes to the Endangere… Continue Reading


National Park Service Centennial Act Section by Section Analysis

National Park Service Centennial Act Section-by-Section Title I- Centennial Declaration Recognizes that the Service has responsibility not only for administering the units of the National Park System, but also for programs that provide financial and technical assistance to states, communities and individuals to protect our national heritage. Reaffirms and directs the Secretary of the Interior to utilize these financial and technical assistance programs to further the conservation an… Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Urges BLM to Deny Permit Application for the Idaho Predator Hunt Derby

Neil Kornze Director, U.S. Bureau of Land Management 1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665 Washington, DC 20240 Dear Director Kornze: Thank you for having your Idaho State Director, Timothy Murphy, respond to my letter of October 10th, and for granting an extension of the public comment period for the Idaho Predator Hunt Derby (Derby) permit application Environmental Assessment (EA). Based on a more thorough review of the EA, I am writing today to ask respectfully that you deny the permit application for… Continue Reading


House Dems Ask BLM to Curb Illegal Drilling Operations on Public Lands

The Honorable Neil Kornze Director Bureau of Land Management Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 Dear Director Kornze: As stewards of America's public lands, it is our shared responsibility to ensure that the development of oil and gas resources from these lands is done in a safe and environmentally responsible manner that also provides a fair return to the American taxpayer. A recent report from the Department of the Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OI… Continue Reading


Natural Resources Committe Urges Chief Tidwell to Revise Proposed Rule Regarding Filming in Wilderness Areas

The Honorable Chief Tom Tidwell U.S. Forest Service 1400 Independence Ave S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250 Dear Chief Tidwell: We write to express our deep concern about a proposed Forest Service directive relating to commercial filming in wilderness areas. We ask that you revise this directive and specifically rescind a provision that would appear to limit the freedom to film in wilderness areas based on the views or intent of the photographer. Earlier this month, the Forest Service published a … Continue Reading


House Dems Urge FWS to Rescind Proposed Rule to Delist Gray Wolf

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released a bipartisan letter co-signed by 73 House members urging Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to continue critical protections for endangered gray wolves. The letter comes on the heels of an independent peer review that found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) failed to use the "best available science" when it drafted a proposed rule that would remove Endangered Species Ac… Continue Reading


DeFazio, Dingell, and McCollum Letter Seeking Extention of Public Comment Period for BLM's Greater Mooses Tooth Draft SEIS

Mr. Neil Kornze Principal Deputy Director Bureau of Land Management 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 Dear Mr. Kornze, We are writing to respectfully request that the public comment period for the Bureau of Land Management's Greater Mooses Tooth 1 (GMT-1) Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) be extended by thirty days. The significance of the proposed project, which would be the first commercial oil development on federal land within the National Petroleum Reserve… Continue Reading


House Democrats Request Hearing on Crude Oil Exports

Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) requesting a hearing on the potential economic, consumer, and environmental impacts of lifting the American crude oil export ban. The letter was cosigned by Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, Rush Holt (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Energy and Mineral Resource Subcommitte… Continue Reading


Natural Resource Democrats Request Emergency Hearing on Devastating Drought

Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) led a letter co-signed by over a dozen Democrats to Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) requesting an emergency hearing to discuss the devastating drought plaguing western states. Eleven states have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the United States Department of Agriculture. California, which is seeing the driest conditions in 500 years, is experiencing extreme drought in over 62% of th… Continue Reading



Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Public Lands Subcommittee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released a letter co-signed by 109 House Democrats urging Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect and conserve national treasures under the Antiquities Act. The letter was sent on the same day that Sec. Jewell will host a community meeting in New Mexico to discuss protecting the Organ Mountains. In the let… Continue Reading



Washington, D.C. -In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Dan Benishek (R-MI) urged increased funding levels for critical measures that combat the illegal timber trade, which drains $1 billion a year from American producers. The bipartisan letter to Director of OMB Sylvia Mathews Burwell requests increased funding in the FY 2015 budget for the implementation and enforcement of the 20… Continue Reading


DeFazio, Holt, Pallone, and Garcia Express Concern Over Impacts of Offshore Oil Exploration

Washington, D.C. -Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, led a letter to the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expressing concern over the impacts of offshore oil and gas exploration and development activities on living marine resources. The letter asks DOI and NOAA to provide detailed information about how seismic testing and other acoustic tools affect marine mammals. In ad… Continue Reading

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