At a June 2 hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, House Republicans called for expanded oil and natural gas development in Alaska and offshore, citing the state’s substantial energy resources and the need to find new supplies to reverse the decline of crude oil flowing through the Trans Alaska Pipeline. The same day, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup to approve legislation (H.R. 2021) that is aimed at making it easier for companies to obtain Clean Air Act permits from the EPA to drill in Arctic waters.