Energy and the Environment
More on Energy and the Environment
On Wednesday, January 14 the U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a resolution to overturn the controversial Obama Administration redefinition of “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act to include all manner of small areas where waters collects, such as ditches, puddles and ponds. Obama’s redefinition of the rule would give the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction of virtually all water in this country.
WASHINGTON — Alabama’s congressional delegation on Wednesday voted unanimously to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Waters of the United States Rule, which imposes federal environmental regulations on small bodies of water, even puddles. Alabama farmers and foresters have been particularly concerned that the rule would result in sudden and drastic increases in compliance costs.
While it may be a short legislative week, both the House and Senate will be in session starting Monday. There are two, big non-legislative events on the schedule this week: President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address Tuesday evening, and the Republican Conferences of both chambers leave Washington after voting Wednesday for their annual GOP retreat.
Us Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) has spoken out against proposed environmental regulations and criticised it for the potential effects it would have on the coal industry. He indicated that the measures put forward by the Office of Natural Resources Revenie (ONRR) would have an impact on the valuation of federal onshore oil, natural gas and coal royalties.