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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


12.13.16

Grijalva Statement on New EPA Fracking Report: “The Trump Administration Will Answer to the Public If They Ignore This”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on fracking's impacts on drinking water sources as "the most thorough review of the issue ever published" and said the Trump administration will have a hard time downplaying or ignoring fracking's threats to drinking water now that the report is public. Incoming EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in 2014 inaccurately dismissed an agency report on fracking a… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on 176,000-Gallon Oil Spill in North Dakota: “We Can’t Say We Weren’t Warned”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on this morning's news of a 176,000-gallon oil spill from a ruptured pipeline in North Dakota. The spill occurred just 150 miles from the site of the water protector demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which Grijalva visited in September and highlighted in a Sept. 20 roundtable on Capitol Hill. "Americans who support tribal rights, the environment and the rule of law stood in free… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Grijalva on Scott Pruitt Nomination to EPA: “He Bragged About Suing, Trashing and Manipulating the Agency He’s Supposed to Lead”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today rejected the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt's misleading rhetoric and lack of transparency in dealings with the EPA, whose Clean Power Plan he sued to block, has been covered by the New York Times and many other outlets. As the Times reported in December 2014, Pruitt once passed off a letter written by lawyers for Devon Energy, a large oil and… Continue Reading


11.18.16

Grijalva: Reported Withdrawal of Arctic From Drilling Threats in New Five-Year Offshore Plan “A Win Years in the Making”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the announcement that the Obama administration's five-year lease sale plan for the Outer Continental Shelf will not permit new leasing off the coast of Alaska. Grijalva signed a letter in May to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging the administration to withdraw the Arctic from further leasing consideration. "This decision is an environmental win years in the making," Grijalva said today. "We're going to see unpr… Continue Reading


11.15.16

Grijalva Hails New Methane Rule, Urges Regulatory Continuity Rather Than Blanket Rejection From Incoming Administration

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva hailed today's newly announced Interior Department methane emissions rule for oil and gas extraction on federal land. He urged the incoming administration to maintain the standard. "Blanket rejection of every Obama administration action, no matter how scientifically well-founded or profitable to the American people those actions might be, is not a viable governing strategy," Grijalva said. "This is a good example of a change that's alrea… Continue Reading

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