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05.10.18

Leading Democrats Introduce Historic Mining Reform Bill on Anniversary of President Grant Signing Mining Law of 1872

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, introduced the Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2018 this morning, laying out Democrats' full range of priorities for hardrock mining reforms in the 115th Congress and beyond. The bill comes on the 146th anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant's signing of the Mining Law of 1872, which has governed the extraction of ha… Continue Reading


04.27.18

Grijalva: No Reason to Weaken Well Control Rule as Trump Expands Offshore Drilling Near Deepwater Horizon Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today's announcement that the Trump administration will seek to modify the Well Control Rule, which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling. The move comes shortly after the eighth anniversary of the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster that destroyed much of the Gulf economy and remains the country's most harmful offshore environmental disaster. "Republicans have decided the federal go… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Democrats to Demand Oil and Gas Industry Pay Fair Share for Coastal Restoration

Washington, D.C. - At an Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing tomorrow morning on offshore revenue sharing with Gulf Coast states, Committee Democrats will demand that the oil and gas industry take responsibility for its significant role in causing the destruction of Louisiana wetlands, and pay its fair share to help repair the damage. In 2006, Congress passed the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), which redirected up to $375 million each year in offshore revenues away fr… Continue Reading


04.25.18

House Natural Resources Committee Democrats Elect New IIANA Subcommittee Ranking Member

Washington, D.C. - Under the leadership of Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the Democratic Caucus of the House Natural Resources Committee met today to select a new ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs (IIANA). The meeting was necessary to replace the former IIANA Subcommittee Ranking Member Norma Torres (D-Calif.), who recently resigned from the Committee to serve on the House Rules Committee. The Democratic Caucus selected Rep. Rube… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Leading House and Senate Dems to Zinke: Send Beaufort Sea Oil Leasing Proposal Back to the Drawing Board

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led a Democratic letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today calling on him to stop preparations for a potential 2019 oil and gas lease sale in Alaska's Beaufort Sea. The lawmakers, joined by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) - the lead sponsors of the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act - call the Bureau … Continue Reading


04.19.18

Democratic Letter to Zinke: Arctic Drilling Proposal Shows Trump, GOP Care More About Pleasing Oil Companies Than Public Opinion

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter with eight House Democratic colleagues to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today questioning the haste with which the Department of the Interior (DOI) is moving the country closer to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The letter highlights tomorrow's expected announcement in the Federal Register - publicized this morning - that DOI is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to allow dri… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Cantwell-Requested GAO Report Recommends Ending The Risky Practice Of Self-Bonding

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding the management of financial assurances for coal mine reclamation. The report requested by Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Senator Durbin (D-Ill.), Rep. Cartwright (D-Pa.), and Rep. Dingell (D-Mich.) recommends … Continue Reading


03.29.18

Democrats Demand a Hearing on Secretary Zinke’s Inconsistent Statements on Offshore Drilling Plan

Washington, D.C. - In response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's contradictory statements on the development of the offshore oil and gas leasing program, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) today requesting a full committee hearing … Continue Reading


03.26.18

Grijalva Calls Out Weak Offshore Lease Sale, Asks Interior to Keep Royalty Rates Stable

Washington, D.C. - Due to the underwhelming response by the oil and gas industry to the recent Department of the Interior (DOI) Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease sale, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today to call him out for pushing forward energy policies that are harmful to the environment and economy. Grijalva is requesting additional information on DOI budget priorities and is asking that the recent weak lease sales not… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Grijalva Blasts Proposed Repeal of Pro-Taxpayer, Pro-Health, and Pro-Environment Methane Waste Rule

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) blasted Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for the announcement late yesterday that the Bureau of Land Management is gutting an Obama-era rule that requires oil and gas companies operating on federal lands to reduce wasteful methane emissions from drilling. The administration's proposed elimination of the methane rule puts the environment, economy, and public health at risk by making it easier for big corporate polluters to di… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Grijalva: We Need to Know Who Directed Trump’s Environmental Budget Cuts, Understand Potential Conflicts of Interest

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said the Trump budget plan's deep cuts to popular environmental programs and failure to address climate change, despite clear national security warnings from his own top military officials, need to be understood through the lens of the Interior Department's ongoing conflict-of-interest scandals and lack of transparency. Grijalva pointed to regulatory carveouts and industry-slanted budget priorities that strongly suggest lo… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Grijalva on Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) responded to the release of President Trump's "infrastructure plan" that aims to gut fundamental clean water and air protections and puts our children's health at risk: "This is not a plan, it's not even a proposal. This is a sheet of tired, Republican talking points that blame everything on basic environmental protections and in the end, do nothing," Grijalva said. "Local communities, not big corporate developers who solely ca… Continue Reading


01.29.18

Grijalva Highlights Long List of Republican Attacks on Our Communities’ Health and Environment Ahead of State of the Union

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of President Trump's State of the Union address, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) staff released a year-end report today titled, 2017: A Year of the Resistance to highlight the relentless attacks Republicans in Congress and the administration have made on our country's foundational environmental policies. Republicans have successfully undermined key environmental laws and have introduced new pieces of legislation that put our public lands, waters, clean… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Grijalva, Lowenthal and McEachin Demand Oversight Hearing to get Answers from Sec. Zinke on the Draft Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Plan

Washington, D.C. - In response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) inability to provide concrete details about DOI's five-year oil and gas leasing plan, leading Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) today requesting a full oversight hearing on the planning process and insisted that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testify to provide answers about his efforts. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ranking Member of the Subc… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Grijalva and Lowenthal Question BSEE’s Rewrite of Critical Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Rules

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 late on Friday to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke questioning Department proposals that would modify two offshore safety rules. The rules were developed by the Obama administration's Interior Department, based on recommendations from National Academy of Sciences and academia, and discussions with industr… Continue Reading


01.19.18

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


01.16.18

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


01.11.18

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


01.10.18

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


01.10.18

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

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