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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


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

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