7-11-12 - Congress Reschedules Markup to Revise Obama's Offshore Leasing Plan
In this Calgary Herald story by Jim Wood, Canadian Ambassador to the US, Gary Doer, says American support for the Keystone XL Pipeline is strong. -dh
Yesterday, as part of a more than year long investigation into the Obama Administration’s rewrite of a 2008 coal regulation, the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, that could cost thousands of jobs, negatively impact the economies of 22 states and significantly harm American energy production, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo) sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Director Joseph Pizarchik inviting them to testify at a July 19th oversight hearing.
We received this update on the House's effort to replace the Obama Administration's lackluster leasing plan from House Natural Resources Committee Press Secretary Spencer Pederson:
Slight change in plans due to the Floor schedule.... Due to House Floor debate on the Committee’s National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act now anticipated to begin shortly after Noon on Wednesday (today), markup of the replacement offshore drilling plan (H.R. 6082) will move to the next available day, which is Wednesday, July 18th since the House will be debating the Critical Minerals bill again on Thursday. While President Obama took three and half years to rewrite our nation’s offshore drilling plan to close off 85% of our offshore areas and effectively reimpose the moratoria lifted in 2008, Chairman Hastings is committed to moving swiftly to ensure action is taken to create jobs and produce more American energy during the 60-day Congressional review period that began on June 28th. (Please see our June 29 report on this issue.) -dh
ADN/AP by Becky Bohrer. A coalition of conservation groups sued the federal government Tuesday over its approval of oil spill response plans for an Arctic Ocean drilling program.
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Posted: July 12, 2012