Regulatory Activity

Offshore Wind

The Department of Energy has released a request for information (RFI) to better understand challenges facing the offshore wind industry. Responses are due June 22.

Legislative Activity

Pipelines on Federal Lands

On Wednesday, May 20, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, will hold a hearing to consider draft legislation addressing construction of natural gas pipelines on Federal land.

WOTUS

On Tuesday, May 19, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, will hold a hearing regarding proposed legislation to revise the definition of “waters of the United States.”

Energy

On Thursday, May 21, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, will hold a hearing concerning the Administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review and related discussion drafts. Secretary Ernest Moniz of the Department of Energy will testify.

Stream Protection Rule

On Wednesday, May 20, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, will hold an oversight hearing concerning the Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule.

Small Businesses

On Tuesday, May 19, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing to examine the impacts of environmental regulation on small businesses.

Fisheries

On Wednesday, May 20,  the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will hold a hearing to examine fishery management and data collection. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator, Kathryn Sullivan, will testify.

Sportsman Recreational Enhancement Act

On Wednesday, May 20, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittees on Federal Lands, will hold a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans to consider a discussion draft of legislation intended “to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting,” also known as the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015” or the “SHARE Act.”

Forests

On Wednesday, May 20, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee onSubcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, will hold a hearing to examine proposed legislation, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act,” which intends to address wildfires that impact electricity delivery.