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03.22.17

Grijalva Presses Bishop to Call Interior Secretary Zinke for Hearing on Department’s Future in Light of Budget Cuts, Other Needs

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) urging him to call a hearing for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to testify on the future of the Interior Department, in light of the Trump administration's proposed 12 percent budget cut, and on other issues Zinke has yet to address. "Given the lack of detail provided in the President's proposal," Grijalva writes, "it is critical that Secretary Zinke appear before the Committee … Continue Reading


03.21.17

Rep. Grijalva: Offshore Drilling Agency Needs to Live Up to Its Name and Hold Drillers Accountable

Washington, D.C. - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report today reaffirming Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) position that stronger oversight of offshore oil and gas development is critical to preventing another Deepwater Horizon-type disaster. The report states that the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is failing to meet key environmental stewardship and drilling oversight goals. The House Overs… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Grijalva, Democrats Will Press for Answers on How Administration Can Push Infrastructure While Ignoring Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - Amid mounting reports from Bloomberg and other outlets that the Trump administration will soon release an executive order reversing a range of Obama-era climate change policies, and in light of the recently released administration budget proposal that eliminates nearly all federal funding for climate research and impact mitigation, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today questioned how this morning's imminent infrastructure hearing in the House Natural Resources… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Ranking Member Grijalva, Rep. Lowenthal Push EPA Head to Reverse Industry Favor, Get Answers on U.S. Methane Emissions

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, today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to reissue an Obama-era information request to the oil and gas industry on methane emissions from production operations - a request Pruitt recently canceled one day after receiving a request to do so as a favor to the industry, d… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Grijalva to Zinke: Succeeding as Secretary Means Protecting Interior’s Mission and Budget, Staying True to Your Word on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today urged newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reject the White House's threat to cut 10 percent from the Department of the Interior (DOI) budget in fiscal year 2018, to reject extreme proposals to give away millions of acres of public land to state and local entities, and to invest in the DOI mission of protecting our country's natural resources. "Happy talk about making this country great doesn't make up for gut… Continue Reading


02.27.17

Grijalva Request for Information Leads DOI to Correct Bogus Job Number – Ranking Member Promises Ongoing Scrutiny

Washington, D.C. - After Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary Jack Haugrud on Friday questioning a Department of the Interior (DOI) blog post that falsely claimed repealing the Stream Protection Rule would save 7,000 "clean coal" jobs, E&E News reported today that the post's reference to the bogus job figure had been quietly removed. Grijalva said the change is evidence that the Trump administration will need constant congressional scrut… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Rep. Grijalva on Addition of Offshore Drilling Agency to GAO High-Risk List: “Fix This Before We Start Drilling More of Our Oceans”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) adding the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) oversight of offshore oil and gas extraction activities to the 2017 High Risk List. GAO describes the list as a catalog of government agencies and programs that have the greatest "vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are mos… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Grijalva Requests GAO Analysis of Bureau of Land Management Hacking Vulnerability in Online Lease Sales of Public Resources

Washington, D.C. - Amid growing public concern over whether our nation's political and governmental computer systems are vulnerable to foreign hacking, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessment of the threat of hacking to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) new online lease sale system for public mineral resources. In his request letter, available a http://bit.ly/2lLQy2p, Grijalva also asks GAO to assess the new online … Continue Reading


02.14.17

Grijalva Request to GAO on Hacking Vulnerabilities in Online Mineral Leasing

Ranking Member Grijalva's letter requesting a Government Accountability Office assessment of the hacking vulnerabilities of the Bureau of Land Management's online mineral leasing system, as well as other financial and operational aspects of the system.… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Democrats Call for Continued Action as Republicans Reject Transparency, Terrorism Reforms to Rules and Oversight Plan

Washington, D.C. - At today's recently concluded organizing meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee, the Republican majority voted down a number of Democratic proposals that, among other reforms, would have mandated financial disclosure by politically appointed Trump administration witnesses; strengthened language in the Committee's oversight plan to acknowledge the human causes of climate change; and added terrorist funding through natural resources trafficking to the Committee's overs… Continue Reading


02.07.17

As GOP Votes Down Transparency Rule at Another Committee, Leading Dems Highlight Need to Expose Trump-Style Conflicts of Interest

Note: The headline of this press release has been slightly changed from its original version to reduce confusion. The qutoe from Rep. Bennie Thompson was added to the online version and was not included in the initial release. Washington, D.C. - The Republican majority on the House Committee on Natural Resources just voted down a Democratic proposal to require that hearing witnesses working for the Trump administration disclose financial conflicts of interest before appearing to testify, contin… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Grijalva on GOP Vote to Wipe Out Methane Emissions Rule: “This Majority Exists to Give Away Public Resources to Private Interests”

Washington, D.C. - After the House Republican majority's just-concluded vote to repeal the Interior Department's rule prohibiting methane waste on public lands - a vote that caps a week spent slashing environmental and corporate disclosure rules - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva said the Republican majority has proven that giving away public goods to private entities is all the majority seems to know how to do. Each vote is pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Con… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Grijalva on GOP Vote to Wipe Out Stream Protection Rule: “Donald Trump Didn’t Do This – Rank-and-File Republicans Did”

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans began their all-out assault on regulatory health, safety, and financial protections today by voting to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, which would help protect waterways and communities from the negative effects of unchecked coal mining. Following the just-concluded House vote to wipe out the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation that regulates the dumping of waste from mountaintop removal (MTR) mining, Ranking Member Raúl … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Grijalva Highlights Industry Favoritism, Hits to Public Health and Royalties in Upcoming Republican Deregulatory Votes

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted the damage to public health and the environment that will stem from impending Republican votes to wipe out the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule; the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) Stream Protection Rule; and the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Resource Extraction Rule, each of which carries significant benefits for ordinary Americans … Continue Reading


01.26.17

GOP Set to Scrap Rule Protecting Coal Country Using Quick and Dirty Process in House Floor Vote Next Week

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans are expected to vote next week to eliminate the Department of the Interior's Stream Protection Rule (SPR), which protects public health and the environment from the worst impacts of coal mining. As National Public Radio covered in a segment this morning, opposition to the move is widespread and extends to a fourth-generation West Virginia coal miner whose wife suffered severe asthma from coal dust exposure. The piece notes that the miner, Chuck Nelson, began… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Ranking Member Grijalva: DOI Report Confirms Federal Coal Program is Broken and Outdated, Highlights Need for Reforms

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the release of the Department of the Interior's (DOI) scoping report on the review of the federal coal program, which concluded that "modernization of the coal program is warranted." "The first phase of Interior's coal program review tells us what the Government Accountability Office, the DOI Inspector General and others have already said: the federal coal program is broken and outdated," Grijalva said. "If the Ame… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Grijalva Calls for Dem Action as GOP Prepares to Cancel Environmental Rules Even After Frivolous Investigations Found No Problems

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) yesterday sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to the entire House Democratic Caucus urging a united front against House Republican leaders' plan to eliminate two environmental standards - the Stream Protection Rule and the Methane Waste Prevention Rule (MWPR) - using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Republicans are expected to use the CRA early in the 115th Congress to attempt to cancel federal agency rules instituted under the Ob… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Dear Colleague Letter on CRA Repeal of Stream Protection and Methane Rules Jan. 9

Ranking Member Grijalva urges House Democrats to oppose the Republican attempts to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, which governs mountaintop removal mining, and the Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which prevents the oil and gas industry from wasting natural resources owned by the public.… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Grijalva: Arctic Withdrawal Helps Cement Obama’s Environmental Legacy

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today applauded President Obama's decision to permanently protect the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic Ocean from future offshore drilling. "Today's announcement is a victory for the environment, our climate, and one of the last great pristine wildernesses on Earth, and a defeat for Big Oil and their 'drill everywhere' agenda. The oil and gas industry will whine, but the fact is they still have acc… Continue Reading


12.19.16

Stream Protection Rule Release Evidence of an Administration Putting People First

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today hailed the release of the final Stream Protection Rule by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), a long-overdue regulation that will help protect people, water supplies, and wildlife from the destructive effects of mountaintop removal mining. "Mountaintop removal coal mining is one of the most destructive things that companies do to the environment, literally blasting off… Continue Reading

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