The House Natural Resources Committee approved July 31 H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. The bill, introduced by Representative Bill Flores (R-TX), prevents the Department of the Interior from enforcing federal fracking rules in states that already have regulations. An amendment offered by Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) to prevent the agency from enforcing regulations on tribal lands without consent was also approved. The committee also approved H.R. 1963, the Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act, by unanimous consent. The bill would allow irrigation districts and water user associations to install hydropower projects at Bureau of Reclamation facilities.