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06.15.17

Grijalva Bill Reverses Giveaway of Sacred Tribal Land to Foreign-Owned Mining Company – Sen. Sanders Offering Senate Companion

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today introduced the Save Oak Flat Act, which repeals an unjustified congressional giveaway of sacred Native American land to a mining company called Resolution Copper co-owned by multinational mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is introducing a companion bill in the upper chamber today. Section 3003 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the transfer of 2,422 acres in Arizona'… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Grijalva Traveled to Appalachia This Weekend to Witness Environmental & Health Degradation Caused by Mountaintop Removal Mining

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) traveled to Southwest Virginia this weekend to tour mountaintop removal coal mining sites near the town of Big Stone Gap, Va., and to meet with residents of Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee who are directly affected by the destructive impacts of mountaintop removal mining. On Saturday Grijalva held a forum in Big Stone Gap, where he heard stories from dozens of Appalachian resid… Continue Reading


06.06.17

As Republicans Demand More Drilling & Mining on Public Land, Grijalva Presses Zinke on Delaying Extractive Industries Transparency

Washington, D.C. - As Republicans in Washington demand increased oil and gas drilling and expanded coal and minerals mining on public lands, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today pressing for information on Zinke's decision to delay the upcoming meeting of the U.S. advisory committee for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international framework on fighting corruption and increasing transparency in the extr… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Democrats Release First in a Series of Features on National Monuments Threatened by Trump’s Interior Department Executive Order

Washington, D.C. - Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee today released a fact sheet on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the first in a weekly series on the national monuments threatened by the Trump administration's ongoing "review" stemming from an April 26 Executive Order. Democrats will release a new fact sheet each Monday throughout the review period, which is expected to end with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending weakened protections for, or even full revoca… Continue Reading


05.16.17

As GOP Pushes Deregulation, Taxpayers Potentially on the Hook for Billions in Decommissioned Oil Rig Cleanups, GAO Will Testify

Washington, D.C. - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) witness at tomorrow's House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the fate of decommissioned offshore oil rigs will testify that taxpayers could be required to pay billions of dollars to meet cleanup requirements ignored or abandoned by oil companies. The hearing comes as Republicans argue for less stringent federal oversight of efforts like the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Rigs-to-Reefs Program, which converts deco… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Grijalva on Congress Overturning Obama-era Rules: “Republicans Have Put the Health & Well Being of Everyday Americans in Jeopardy”

Washington, D.C. - As of today, Congress can no longer use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn Obama-era rules. The Republican-controlled Congress successfully voted to overturn thirteen rules issued under the Obama administration and President Trump signed them into law. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) points out that nearly a quarter of the rules were blatant attacks on our environment. "On our very first day in Congress, House Rep… Continue Reading


04.28.17

Trump’s Offshore Drilling & Marine Sanctuaries Executive Order Puts Coastal Communities at Risk

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of President Trump's signing of an executive order that will try to open up more of our oceans to offshore drilling, weaken safety regulations, and launch a review of all national marine sanctuaries designated in the last decade, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) released the following statement condemning the administration's actions. "Opening up our oceans to more of… Continue Reading


04.12.17

Rep. Grijalva Questions BLM’s Energy Priorities, Asks for Updated Data on Unused Permits

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter today to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Acting Director Michael D. Nedd expressing his deep disappointment in the agency's plans to prioritize leasing and permitting for oil, gas, and coal above all other uses on America's public lands. The letter expresses concern that the agency intends to focus on energy development at the expense of conservation, wildlife protection, recreation, air and water quality, an… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Grijalva Highlights Ongoing Environmental Troubles at Grand Canyon Mine as Evidence of Need to Continue Mining Moratorium

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted ongoing environmental problems at the Canyon Mine near the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park as evidence that the 20-year moratorium on new mining claims in the region instituted by the Obama administration needs to be maintained. Calls to lift the moratorium have increased since the beginning of the Trump administration despite the fact that, according to Interior Department information, approximately 3,… Continue Reading


04.07.17

After Four Weeks of Infrastructure-Related Hearings Heavy on Deregulation, Grijalva Asks Where GOP Infrastructure Plan is Hiding

Washington, D.C. - Following a month's worth of Natural Resources Committee hearings in which Republicans and their invited witnesses argued falsely that major environmental deregulation is the only way to improve our nation's infrastructure, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today asked where the Republican infrastructure plan is hiding and why the GOP is using infrastructure as the latest cover story for its unchanging pro-polluter agenda. Throughout the month, Republican lawma… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Democratic Lawmakers Call for Hearing on GOP Miner Pensions Bill as Committee Reviews Mining Community Assistance Measures

Washington. D.C. - At today's 10:00 a.m. hearing in the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee on H.R. 1731, the RECLAIM Act, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) will deliver a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) calling for a hearing on H.R. 179, the Miners Protection Act, a Republican-authored bill to ensure miner pensions and health benefits are protected for the long term from the coal industry's ongoing collapse.… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Grijalva: Trump Order Ending Federal Climate Planning, Opening New Federal Coal Leases is “Major Self-Inflicted Wound”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called the Trump administration's impending executive order canceling federal climate change planning and mitigation efforts and ending the federal coal leasing moratorium "a major self-inflicted wound" and pointed out that it would likely harm communities, in Appalachia and elsewhere, that the White House has promised to help. Today's order rolls back current rules mandating that federal agencies plan for the realities o… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Grijalva on Keystone Approval: “This Wasn’t Done to Help the Country, It Was Done to Spite Native Americans and our Environment”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said the Trump administration's formal approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project was a slap in the face to Native Americans and an intentional blow against our nation's environment that would not benefit the American people. "You'd think this administration would have learned by now that you can't govern just by rushing through terrible ideas," Grijalva said. "This wasn't done to help the country. It was done to spite … Continue Reading


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

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