Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, convened a field hearing titled “Local, State and Federal Response to PFAS Contamination in Michigan” in his home state on November 13. The hearing focused on the emerging health and environmental impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
On January 19, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to identify and examine regulatory obstacles to offshore geological and geophysical resource surveying on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The hearing was held in response to a December 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing the permitting process for seismic research and identifies instances of inefficiency and inconsistency in meeting federal internal control standards. Congress is seeking compromises within the regulatory framework that would allow the U.S. to understand our offshore resource potential and ensure national energy security, while also minimizing the negative effects of anthropogenic noise in the marine environment.
On January 18, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to assess the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) progress on eliminating burdens to domestic onshore energy production. During the hearing, witnesses commented on the regulatory uncertainties, inefficiencies, and inconsistencies that may disproportionately impact small businesses. BLM’s Deputy Director for Programs and Policy Brian Steed affirmed that recent actions to reduce regulatory burdens have created more revenue for the agency.
The House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee met to discuss the Presidents fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
November 19, 2014
Dr. Charles Mandeville
Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey
Mr. Tom Drean
Director and State Geologist, Wyoming State Geological Survey
Mr. Gordon Ito
Insurance Commissioner, State of Hawaii
Dr. Shanaka de Silva
Professor of Geology and Geophysics, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
Mr. Darryl Oliviera