Protecting Our Cultural Heritage

It’s ironic that on the day that Notre Dame was engulfed the majority on the House Natural Resources Committee was holding a hearing on oil and natural gas development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The implication of Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the Democrats on the committee, and the one-sided list of witnesses they had assembled was that oil and natural gas development near the park is threatening those cultural resources.

Wyoming Leasing Decision

The media, in its rush to burnish its easy narrative on climate change, spun a D.C. District Court ruling that BLM did not conduct adequate greenhouse gas analysis as a failure of the Trump Administration to conduct greenhouse gas analysis. Yet the leases in question where from 2015 and 2016, even before Trump was a candidate.

Take 5: Highlights from Sec. Zinke’s Heritage Speech on Energy

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke recently gave a speech on making American an energy superpower at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Let’s look at key elements from Sec. Zinke’s remarks, where he spoke broadly about America’s energy crossroads, using domestic energy as a diplomatic tool, protecting the environment, and economic prosperity that comes with domestic production.

Inventorying Congressional Action Thus Far

While the news is focused on protests, healthcare and Russia investigations, there is good news for the western oil and natural gas industry. Congress has begun rolling back federal regulatory overreach from the previous administration and laid the groundwork for additional reforms. It’s worth taking inventory of the first seven months of the legislative session.


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