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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


01.10.18

Grijalva Asks Interior Inspector General to Examine Stopped National Academies Studies, Locate Missing Public Funds

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Department Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall today requesting an investigation of the Trump administration's halting of two major studies at the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The public rationales for the stop-work orders do not stand up to scrutiny and suggest political motives, Grijalva writes. In August 2017, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) halted work on… Continue Reading


01.10.18

The First Committee Markup of 2018 is Focused on a Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Bill

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans are launching into the new year by focusing their first Committee markup of 2018 on a Republican bill that would make it easier for oil and gas companies to expedite industrial drilling projects in our oceans. The Streamlining Environmental Approvals or SEA Act (H.R. 3133) would gut core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to expedite seismic airgun blasting and other activities in oceans that can harm marine mammals. "Republicans are takin… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Grijalva: New Offshore Oil Leasing Plan Means More Environmental Disasters, No Help for Americans at the Pump

Washington, D.C. - The Trump administration's newly-announced five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing along the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts, in combination with its efforts to weaken offshore drilling environmental and safety standards, will put every coastal community in America at risk of environmental disaster and do nothing to decrease the price of energy for everyday Americans, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today. The leasing plan opens all federal U.S… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Grijalva on the Passage of the GOP Tax Scam and Inadequate Disaster Relief Plan

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans voted for a second time today to shower early Christmas presents on the richest one percent and wealthy corporations, while raising taxes on millions of middle class families. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) - who served on the tax bill conference committee, but did not sign the final conference report - voted against the bill because it will have devastating consequences on American families while opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Re… Continue Reading


12.15.17

Grijalva: Sec. Perdue’s Answers to Questions Reaffirm My Support for Continuing Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Moratorium

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said a response from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to his questions about the agency's recent recommendation to consider canceling a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon has only strengthened his support for keeping the moratorium in place. Perdue was responding to Grijalva's Nov. 3 letter, which noted that the USFS review "offers no analysis or justification for lifting the morator… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Grijalva: 9th Circuit Ruling Upholding Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Withdrawal is a Huge Win for Environment, Tribes

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the Obama administration's 20-year withdrawal of more than 1 million acres of land around the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims. The ruling is an enormous blow to the National Mining Association (NMA), which filed a lawsuit in 2011 seeking to block the withdrawal, and other special interests who had called Obama's actions illegal. Today's 2:00 p.m. Energy … Continue Reading


12.11.17

Ranking Member Grijalva: Tuesday Hearing Will Highlight Need for Continued Protection for the Grand Canyon

Washington, D.C. ­- Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that he will use Tuesday's hearing on Republican and Trump administration demands for more mining of uranium and other minerals from public land to highlight the threat those plans pose to the Grand Canyon. Grijalva will highlight the need to maintain the existing Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres in the region. In late September, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) urged the U.S. For… Continue Reading


11.30.17

House Republicans Vote to Imperil a Minnesota Wilderness Area for Foreign Mining Company

Washington, D.C. - On a largely party line vote, the U.S. House advanced a Republican bill that would resurrect two expired leases in the Superior National Forest for a Chilean mining conglomerate seeking to build a copper sulfide mine near one of America's most visited wilderness areas. The bill (H.R. 3905) would overturn a 2016 U.S. Forest Service finding that building a copper sulfide mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Northern Minnesota could result in "extreme" a… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Grijalva, 16 Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Energy Reform Legislation to Increase Taxpayer Benefits, Promote Conservation

Washington, D.C. - As House Republicans continue to promote enormous oil and gas industry giveaways as their vision for energy policy, and as Senate Republicans move to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling as part of an unrelated tax bill, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) laid out a smarter way forward by introducing the Sustainable Energy Development Reform Act (SEDRA) today with 16 House Democratic cosponsors. The bill protects the Arctic Refuge, allows ener… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Grijalva: Today’s Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Same as the Last One – And They’re Not Even Trying to Justify It

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said ahead of today's 10:00 a.m. markup of H.R. 4239, the latest in a never-ending string of Republican oil and gas deregulation efforts, that the entire premise of the bill has already been debunked and Republicans are only proceeding because they have no other ideas. "This bill has all the signs of mental exhaustion," Grijalva said. "It's the same polluter industry wish list they've presented for years dressed up in yesterday… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Countering Administration Silence, Lowenthal-Grijalva Bill Mandates Disclosure on Industry Hoarding of Unused Permits to Drill

Washington, D.C. - In response to the recent announcement that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will no longer publish its longstanding annual report on the number of approved but unused oil and gas drilling permits on public land - a key indicator that contradicts industry claims of being unable to get permits in a timely manner - Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced a bill today requiring the Interior Secretary to continue submitting unused permit data to Congress each year and to limi… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Gulf of Mexico: Ranking Member Grijalva Asks GAO to Investigate Trump Administration’s Latest Taxpayer Rip-off

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of how much public revenue may have been lost due to changes in the way the Interior Department (DOI) leases parcels for oil extraction in the Gulf of Mexico. The request comes shortly after DOI increased the size and frequency of its lease sales as part of the 2017-2022 oil and gas leasing program. GAO found in 1985 that DOI's move from a parcel nomination … Continue Reading


10.17.17

Ranking Member Grijalva Calls for Accounting of Unallocated Research Money, Explanation of Canceled Coal Study in Letter to Zinke

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the fate of approximately $400,000 in funding for a recently canceled study on the public health impacts of mountaintop removal mining, a destructive coal extraction process known to harm residents of Appalachian states. Grijalva points out in today's letter, available at http://bit.ly/2gMuZ1C, that Trump administration officials have repeatedly refused to answer his and h… Continue Reading


10.10.17

Grijalva: Deepwater Horizon Showed Why We Need Strong Offshore Drilling Enforcement – GOP Shouldn’t Weaken It Now

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of tomorrow's 2:00 p.m. Eastern hearing on a Republican proposal to study recombining the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), among other measures, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) highlighted the long track record of mishaps, ethical lapses, and lack of enforcement that led to the agencies' split in 2010 and the continued need for an agency dedicated to a clear safety mission. Recombining BO… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Committee Republicans Hold Another Hearing that Aims to Give Away Our Public Lands to Big Oil

Washington, D.C. - Committee Republicans are returning to Washington D.C., after a five week recess with a clear message to the public - they value the interests of their allies in the oil and gas industry over fulfilling their duty to protect and preserve our public lands. At 10:00 a.m. this morning, Committee Republicans are holding an Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee hearing on three Republican-backed bills that would ultimately waive bedrock environmental laws, hand over our public … Continue Reading


08.25.17

Grijalva, Pallone Urge Interior to Resume NAS Study on Mountaintop Removal Mining, Question False Budgetary Rationale

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) today sent a letter with several colleagues to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to allow the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) to resume an ongoing study of the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining. The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Surface Mining Reclamati… Continue Reading


08.22.17

New Ranking Member Report Documents Industry Influence, Lack of Public Transparency in Trump Admin National Monument Review

Washington, D.C. - A new report released by House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) documents the strong influence of the oil and mining industries over the soon-to-be-completed Trump administration "review" of 27 national monuments around the country and sheds new light on the review's unpopularity. The report - Fossil Apostles: Fossil Fuels, the GOP, and the Fate of Our National Monuments - is available at http://bit.ly/2iofeBx. Today's report finds … Continue Reading

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