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BREAKING: Key Administration Drilling Official Contradicts Zinke on Whether Florida Coastlines “Off the Table” for Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee moments ago, Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), said Florida is not off the table for offshore drilling activities, contradicting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tweeted statement a few days ago following a hasty meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). Cruickshank's statement calls into question the entire process behind Zinke's tweet and raises serious questions a… Continue Reading


Top Committee Democrats Request Documents, Express Concern Over EnergyNet’s Sweetheart Deal on Oil and Gas Leasing

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director Brian Steed today raising financial and legal questions about a company called EnergyNet, which exclusively manages the agency's online leasing program for oil and gas leases. The lawmakers request a copy of the contract BLM signed with EnergyNet, among other docume… Continue Reading


Dems Question BLM Withdrawal of Fracking Rule – Agency Admits It Won’t Generate New Energy on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, sent a letter this morning to Joseph Balash, assistant secretary of the Interior for land and minerals management, questioning the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) decision to withdraw its fracking rule, which lays out environmental and operational safety standards for fracking operations on public lands. The agency admits th… Continue Reading


Committee Advances a Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Bill, Despite Democratic Protests

Washington, D.C. - Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the Streamlining Environmental Approvals or SEA Act (H.R. 3133) to the House floor. The bill was passed by voice vote today, but Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) stated that he still strongly opposes the bill and will continue to fight to stop the bill from passing on the House floor. "My position on the SEA Act remains the same, it's a dangerous bill that was solely written to fulfill the oil and g… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva: This Administration’s Energy Policies Are Arbitrary, Political and Incompetent

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that the Trump administration's sudden decision not to open the Florida coastline to offshore oil drilling shows how deeply arbitrary and politicized the nation's energy policies have become under Republican control. Grijalva's comments come after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) yesterday - after a brief meeting during which the two men never left the Tallahassee airport[i] - th… Continue Reading


Grijalva Asks Interior Inspector General to Examine Stopped National Academies Studies, Locate Missing Public Funds

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Department Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall today requesting an investigation of the Trump administration's halting of two major studies at the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The public rationales for the stop-work orders do not stand up to scrutiny and suggest political motives, Grijalva writes. In August 2017, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) halted work on… Continue Reading


The First Committee Markup of 2018 is Focused on a Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Bill

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans are launching into the new year by focusing their first Committee markup of 2018 on a Republican bill that would make it easier for oil and gas companies to expedite industrial drilling projects in our oceans. The Streamlining Environmental Approvals or SEA Act (H.R. 3133) would gut core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to expedite seismic airgun blasting and other activities in oceans that can harm marine mammals. "Republicans are takin… Continue Reading


Grijalva: New Offshore Oil Leasing Plan Means More Environmental Disasters, No Help for Americans at the Pump

Washington, D.C. - The Trump administration's newly-announced five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing along the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts, in combination with its efforts to weaken offshore drilling environmental and safety standards, will put every coastal community in America at risk of environmental disaster and do nothing to decrease the price of energy for everyday Americans, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today. The leasing plan opens all federal U.S… Continue Reading


Committee Dems to Zinke: Increasing the Fees at National Parks Defies Interior’s Mission to Improve Access to Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 10 Committee Democrats sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing the National Park Service (NPS) proposal to increase the entrance fees at 17 of its most popular national parks. The members state that the dramatic increases to entrance fees will discourage lower income Americans from visiting and enjoying public lands. Our most popular national parks, like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, should be focused on … Continue Reading


Grijalva’s Bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund Bill Reaches 218 Cosponsors

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - a popular and successful conservation tool that protects open spaces and promotes recreation throughout the country - reached 218 bipartisan cosponsors today, the magic number needed to pass a bill on the House floor. Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 502 in January of this year, and since then it has garnered b… Continue Reading


Grijalva on the Passage of the GOP Tax Scam and Inadequate Disaster Relief Plan

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans voted for a second time today to shower early Christmas presents on the richest one percent and wealthy corporations, while raising taxes on millions of middle class families. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) - who served on the tax bill conference committee, but did not sign the final conference report - voted against the bill because it will have devastating consequences on American families while opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Re… Continue Reading


Grijalva: Sec. Perdue’s Answers to Questions Reaffirm My Support for Continuing Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Moratorium

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said a response from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to his questions about the agency's recent recommendation to consider canceling a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon has only strengthened his support for keeping the moratorium in place. Perdue was responding to Grijalva's Nov. 3 letter, which noted that the USFS review "offers no analysis or justification for lifting the morator… Continue Reading


Grijalva Congratulates Committee Staffer Matt Strickler on Appointment as Virginia’s Next Secretary of Natural Resources

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today congratulated Matt Strickler, a senior policy advisor for the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, on his newly announced appointment as Virginia Gov.-Elect Ralph Northam's (D) next secretary of natural resources. Strickler was a policy aide for Northam before coming to Capitol Hill. "You know you have good staffing when this is the next career move," Grijalva said today. "Matt is one of Capitol Hill's sharpest en… Continue Reading


Republicans Double Down on Trump’s Illegal Repeal of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Washington, D.C. - In a desperate effort to cover up President Trump's illegal proclamation to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, House Republicans held a hearing today on a bill to abolish the national monument and replace it with three new monuments and a national park. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) points out that the immediate introduction and swift committee consideration of H.R. 4558 confirms the Utah delegation lacks confidence in the legality of the Pr… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva Highlights Broad-Based Economic, Environmental Opposition to Doomed Partisan GOP Fisheries Bill

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted the broad-based economic and environmental opposition to H.R. 200, today's highly partisan rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which governs fisheries and fishing quotas across U.S. waters. The GOP bill is opposed by the Seafood Harvesters of America and a wide swathe of restaurants and individual commercial fisherman and by dozens of environmental groups, including the Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of W… Continue Reading


Grijalva: 9th Circuit Ruling Upholding Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Withdrawal is a Huge Win for Environment, Tribes

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the Obama administration's 20-year withdrawal of more than 1 million acres of land around the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims. The ruling is an enormous blow to the National Mining Association (NMA), which filed a lawsuit in 2011 seeking to block the withdrawal, and other special interests who had called Obama's actions illegal. Today's 2:00 p.m. Energy … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva: Tuesday Hearing Will Highlight Need for Continued Protection for the Grand Canyon

Washington, D.C. ­- Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that he will use Tuesday's hearing on Republican and Trump administration demands for more mining of uranium and other minerals from public land to highlight the threat those plans pose to the Grand Canyon. Grijalva will highlight the need to maintain the existing Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres in the region. In late September, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) urged the U.S. For… Continue Reading


Democrats: After Alaska Lease Sale Fails to Raise Significant Revenue, GOP Must Face Reality on Arctic Refuge Drilling Plan

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and two other high-ranking Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter today to Keith Hall, director of the Congressional Budget Office, requesting a reassessment of how much revenue a Republican effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling could realistically generate. The letter is available at The move comes as President Trump and Republicans in Congr… Continue Reading


Grijalva Shows Secretary Zinke’s Goal for Interior Reorganization has Already Been Met

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans are holding a hearing this morning to justify Secretary Ryan Zinke's efforts to drastically reorganize the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) without Congressional or public support. Secretary Zinke has been vocal about his plans to shift more department resources and personnel from Washington, D.C. to field offices across the country, but has not shared the scope and details of his plans. To prove that there isn't a need to reorganize the Department and … Continue Reading


Rep. Grijalva Releases Updated Trophy Hunting Report as Trump-Zinke Moves Threaten Future of Multiple Endangered Species

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released an updated version of a report on trophy hunting and endangered species protection that his staff initially released in 2016 in response to the tragic killing of Zimbabwe's famed Cecil the Lion. The release comes in the wake of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recent announcements that he plans to create a federal advisory committee to promote the hunting of imperiled wildlife and to allow the … Continue Reading

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