WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency today finalized a 588-page rule that expands regulations for oil and natural gas production to add complex new requirements affecting a variety of oil and gas production operations, including hydraulically fractured wells. House Energy and Commerce leaders responded to this latest regulation with concern for the rule's potential adverse impacts on our economy, including the potential for disproportionate impacts on small producers. EPA estimates that 46 percent of the affected firms are small businesses.
Energy and Commerce Leaders Express Concern about the Impact of EPA's Latest Rule Affecting American Energy ProductionApril 18, 2012 | Press Release
Energy and Commerce Leaders Urge President to Re-nominate Dedicated Public Servant, NRC Commissioner Kristine SvinickiApril 18, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), today urged President Obama to re-nominate NRC Commissioner Kristine Svinicki for another term. Commissioner Svinicki's term ends on June 30, 2012. Upton, Whitfield, and Shimkus made the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today applauded the passage of H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012. The legislation passed with two key provisions from the Energy and Commerce Committee: requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and providing for the safe management and reuse of coal ash. Upton issued the following statement on the bill's passage:
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce leaders today urged their colleagues in the House of Representatives to join them in supporting legislation that would create a path forward for the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. The House opened debate today on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which includes language authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) taking the pipeline out of the president's hands and requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the permit within 30 days.
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield Upton (R-MI), today approved a pair of commonsense bills that could prevent further price increases at the pump. The panel advanced the Gasoline Regulations Act to help cut through red tape that will drive up energy prices, along with the Strategic Energy Production Act, legislation to ensure President Obama does not tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve without also taking steps to increase American energy production.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) visited Michigan's only refinery this week to learn about a new jobs and energy project. Upton and Harris toured the site of Marathon Petroleum Company's new Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project, a $2.2 billion investment project that will expand the refinery's ability to process and deliver to market growing Canadian energy supplies.