Letters

01.25.17

Stop the Republican Pro-Waste Agenda!

Ranking Member Grijalva urges his Democratic colleagues to join him in supporting the BLM Methane Waste Rule: Dear Colleague: Whether you support increased drilling or not, we should all agree that oil and gas produced from public lands should be put to productive use, not simply frittered away. And yet, between 2009 and 2015, oil and gas companies on federal and Indian lands wasted roughly 462 billion cubic feet of natural gas - enough to supply about 6.2 million households for a year - throu… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Grijalva Pallone Letter to Speaker Ryan on Indian Health Care


01.24.17

Don’t Fall for the Mining Industry’s Alternative Facts

Ranking Member Grijalva urges his Democratic colleagues to join him in supporting the Stream Protection Rule: Dear Colleague: The fossil fuel industry will take a back seat to no one when it comes to wildly exaggerating the potential cost of any regulation that may cost them a little extra money. The latest, and particularly impressive example, is from opponents of the Stream Protection Rule, who are passing on the industry's claim that the rule would cost "78,000 mining jobs." Except that a… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Grijalva, Whitehouse Letter to Trump on NOAA's Appointment of Ken Haapala

Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging him to remove a notorious climate change denier from his landing team at the Department of Commerce (DOC), which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Hearing Request on Stream Protection and Methane Rules Jan. 9

Ranking Member Grijalva, in this letter from Jan. 9, 2017, requests a hearing on the effectiveness of the Stream Protection Rule and Methane Waste Prevention Rule before the Republican majority unilaterally cancels them. Both rules have proven benefits for the American public and are opposed primarily by the oil, gas and mining industries.… Continue Reading


12.22.16

EPA Letter on Biscayne Bay Nuclear Plants Dec 22 2016

A Dec. 22, 2016, letter from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Army Corps of Engineers expressing strong concerns about those agencies' assessment that building two new nuclear reactors in "Hurricane Alley" on the South Florida coast would be safe, based on a lack of analysis of climate change and other risks.… Continue Reading


12.19.16

NPS Letter on Biscayne Bay Nuclear Plants Dec 19 2016

A Dec. 19, 2016, letter from the National Park Service to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Army Corps of Engineers expressing strong concerns about those agencies' assessment that building two new nuclear reactors in "Hurricane Alley" on the South Florida coast would be safe, based on a lack of analysis of climate change and other risks.… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Dec. 12 Letter to NOAA and Coast Guard on Human Trafficking

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva and Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and John Garamendi (D-Calif.) to the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the need to crack down on human trafficking in the Hawaiian fishing industry.… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Dec. 7 Letter to Secretary Jewell on Maintaining Red Wolf Recovery Efforts

A Dec. 7, 2016, letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the need to maintain successful red wolf recovery program rather than bowing to pressure from a small number of vocal landowners to abandon recovery efforts.… Continue Reading


11.14.16

Letter to President Obama on the Dakota Access Pipeline

Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva, Rep. Jared Huffman along with 21 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama to urge him to take the necessary steps to protect the rights and civil liberties of the Standing Rock Tribe peacefully protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.… Continue Reading


10.20.16

Grijalva Democratic Letter to EPA on Fracking Report and Drinking Water Oct. 20

A letter from 49 House Democrats, led by Ranking Member Grijalva, to the Environmental Protection Agency urging that the final version of a long-awaited, congressionally mandated report on fracking's risks to drinking water reflect the best available science and not include unsupported phrases from a draft version downplaying fracking's environmental risks.… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Grijalva, Lowenthal, Huffman Letter to BLM on Environmental Impacts from GMT-2

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management on the supplemental environmental impact for ConocoPhillips' proposed Greater Mooses Tooth 2 (GMT-2) development project.… Continue Reading


10.06.16

Grijalva, Bishop Send BLM a Letter on the Helium Stewardship Act

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to the Director of Bureau of Land Management urging him to renew the federal helium program that is set to expire in five years. By renewing the program it ensures federal helium users, including grantees, have access to a stable and reasonably priced supply of helium.… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Letter to President Obama on Dakota Access Pipeline Sept. 29

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva co-signed by 18 of his House Democratic colleagues urging President Obama to cancel the Army Corps of Engineers permit for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and mandate a full environmental impact statement before the project can be re-permitted.… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Grijalva Letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe on Grizzly Delisting in Yellowstone Region Sept. 27

A Sept. 27, 2016, letter from Ranking Member Grijalva to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service DIrector Dan Ashe highlighting problems with FWS' proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.… Continue Reading


09.14.16

National Park Service Letter to Grijalva on Yellowstone Grizzlies Sept. 14

A letter from the National Park Service to Ranking Member Grijalva highlighting concerns about a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Ruiz, Grijalva Request Oversight Hearing to Discuss Tribal Consultation in Dakota Access Pipeline Development Process

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Raul Ruiz, M.D. called for a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs to provide oversight as to whether or not federal agencies followed policies regarding preservation of sacred sites and meaningful tribal consultation for development on or near tribal land.… Continue Reading


09.07.16

NCAI Letter Opposing Tribal Recognition Act September 2016


07.14.16

July 14 Letter to HASC and SASC Heads on Environmental NDAA Provisions

This letter, led by Ranking Member Grijalva and signed by 109 of his colleagues, was sent July 14 to chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees. It highlights numerous environmental and historical preservation concerns with the National Defense Authorization Act and urges the conference committee -- on which Rep. Grijalva sits -- to remove several problematic provisions from any final conference report.… Continue Reading


07.08.16

July 8 Letter to House Rules Committee Leaders on Carcieri Fix

Ranking Member Grijalva sent this letter to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on July 8 urging them to reject Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop's request to remove a Carcieri fix from the Interior Departmenta appropriations bill.… Continue Reading

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