WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce detailed its hearing and vote schedule for the week of May 7, 2012. Continuing its focus on protecting jobs and innovation, the Subcommittee on Health will consider and vote on legislation to reauthorize and establish various FDA user fee programs. Additionally, the committee will examine bipartisan energy legislation aimed at ensuring electric grid reliability and facilitating development of new hydropower projects.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today responded to TransCanada’s reapplication for a Presidential Permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. The company submitted its original permit for the pipeline’s construction in September 2008, which President Obama delayed consideration of, and eventually denied, in January 2012, after multiple federal bureaucratic reviews.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement in response to two new proposals issued today by the Obama administration impacting American oil and gas production. The Bureau of Land Management finalized a new rule adding requirements for production operations on public and Indian lands, and the EPA released a draft for its underground injection control program for hydraulically fractured wells that use diesel fuels.
We Can’t Wait: With Less Than 60 Days Left in NRC Commissioner Kristine Svinicki’s Term, Committee Leaders Press President on Formal Re-nominationMay 3, 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 formally re-nominate NRC Commissioner Kristine Svinicki for another term. Two weeks ago, on April 19, 2012, White House spokesman Jay Carney stated that the president “will re-nominate Ms. Svinicki.
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Members Joe Barton (R-TX), John Sullivan (R-OK), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Pete Olson (R-TX), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) issued the following statement regarding the resignation of EPA Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz:
Energy and Commerce Leaders Investigate Whether EPA Official’s Enforcement “Philosophy” to “Crucify” American Energy Companies Resulted in Abuse of Public TrustApril 27, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to a disturbing video brought to light this week exposing a top Obama EPA appointee’s description of his “crucify them” enforcement strategy to punish oil and gas companies, Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are launching an investigation into the agency’s enforcement policies. Members are concerned that the Obama appointee’s comments reflect an overzealous enforcement philosophy inconsistent with genuine protection of American families and communities, while also undermining jobs and the economy.