Monday in Washington:
Now, On To Immigration:
The House and the Senate will be in session this week with the Senate finishing up the Farm Bill and moving on to immigration reform. The House will take up a number of less controversial measures under suspension while clearing the way for consideration of the annual Defense Authorization Bill. The Senate will also swear in its newest Member today when Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ), appointed by Gov. Chris Christie, takes the oath of office. He will serve until a special election is held in October to finish out the remainder of the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term through 2014.
On the energy front, the key activities include a second hearing and a markup of Chairman Doc Hastings’ legislation to expand offshore oil and gas development and the testimony of the new Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Administration’s FY2014 budget request. The House is expected to consider Chairman Hastings’s bill on the floor before the end of the month along with a number of other energy related bills.
Other Items of Interest:
BLM Extends Comment Period on Fracking Rule: The Bureau of Land Management announced it was extending the public comment period on its proposed revised rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public and Indian trust lands. The 60-day extension extends the comment period deadline to August 23, 2013.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Release White Paper on RFS: The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a white paper outlining the energy policy considerations that should be considered in assessing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). This paper is the fourth in a series of white papers exploring different aspects of the RFS.
House Science Committee Seeks Information on EPA Fee Waivers: Following an investigation by a non-profit group alleging biases in the awarding of fee waivers for FOIA requests based on positions taken by different organizations, the House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith sent a letter to the EPA’s Inspector General urging the prompt completion of a comprehensive audit of the agency’s fee waiver practices.
HBW Ollison Hydraulic Fracturing Report: This weekly report produced by Bo Ollison provides summaries of state, federal, and international activities and events affecting the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction.
HBW Greenfield Offshore Energy Report: This weekly report produced by Brent Greenfield provides summaries of legislative and regulatory activities affecting offshore energy development.
Important Hearings and Events:
CSIS Hosts Discussion on Global Energy Trends: On June 11th at 10AM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host a discussion on recent global energy trends, including the rise of shale gas and other energy sources. John Watson, chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation; and Frank Verrastro, senior vice president at CSIS, will lead the discussion. You can register for this event here.
House Natural Resources Committee Hold Second Hearing on Offshore Energy Bill: On June 11th at 11AM in 1224 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold its second hearing on H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. Additional information on the legislation and the hearing can be found here.
Observations from Water World to Titanic in the Senate Commerce Committee: On June 11th at 2:30PM in 253 Russell, the Senate Commerce Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Deep Sea Challenge: Innovative Partnerships in Ocean Observation.” James Cameron, filmmaker; Susan Avery, director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Ed Page, executive director of the Alaska Marine Exchange; and Jan Newton, senior principle oceanographer in the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, will testify. Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here.
BPC Holds Forum on U.S. Tight Oil: On June 12th at 9AM at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will hold a forum on “The Geopolitical Impacts of the U.S. Tight Oil Boom: Implications for OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and the U.S. Strategic Posture” – the first session in a series on the “New Geopolitics of Petroleum and Natural Gas.”
Additional information about the event and registration can be found here.
House Holds Hearing on New Ozone Standards: On June 12th at 10AM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Background Check: Achievability of New Ozone Standards.” Information about the hearing and a link to the webcast can be found here.
House Natural Resources Committee Schedules Legislative Markup: On June 12th at 10AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee markup of: H.R.412, the “Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act”; H.R.657, the “Grazing Improvement Act”; H.R.697, the “Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act”; H.R.40, the “Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act”; H.R.841, to amend the “Grand Ronde Reservation Act” to make technical corrections; H.R.931, to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon; H.R.1126, the “Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act”; H.R.1411, the “California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013”; H.R.1497, the “War Memorial Protection Act”; H.R.1548, to facilitate the development of energy on Indian lands by reducing Federal regulations that impede tribal development of Indian lands; H.R.1825, the “Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act”; H.R.1964, to amend the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including at least one lease sale in the Reserve each year in the period 2013 through 2023; H.R.2166, to direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions; and H.R.2231, the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act.” Additional information about the bills and the markup can be found here.
House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Hosts Briefing on DOE’s Activities in SC: On June 12th at 4PM in 1334 Longworth, the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus will hold a briefing on the Energy Department’s nuclear cleanup program in Savannah River, South Carolina – part of the 19th annual briefing series that will focus on a specific site office and include presentations conducted by local site managers and contractors. For more information, contact Neal Kirby at email@example.com.
Secretary Moniz Testifies Before the House: On June 13th at 10AM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The FY2014 U.S. Department of Energy Budget.” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will be testifying. Additional information about the hearing can be found here.
TSCA Hearing Planned in the House: At 10AM on June 13th in 2322 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact.” Additional information on the hearing can be found here.
New Member of the Day: (Almost) U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)
Experience: On January 10, 2012 Jeffrey S. Chiesa was sworn in as New Jersey’s 59th Attorney General. Chiesa served as Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie from January 2010 through December 2011, when he was nominated to be New Jersey Attorney General by Governor Christie. Prior to his appointment as Chief Counsel, Chiesa served as Executive Director of Governor Christie’s Transition Team. Chiesa was previously a partner at the law firm of Wolf & Samson in their litigation group. Prior to joining Wolf & Samson, Chiesa worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey from 2002 to 2009, last serving as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and as Chief of the Public Protection Unit. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chiesa was a partner at the law firm of Dughi and Hewit, where he litigated civil matters, including the representation of medical professionals and hospitals. Chiesa is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He earned his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America.
Importance: On June 6, 2013, Governor Chris Christie named Jeff Chiesa to temporarily fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg three days before. Chiesa will serve until a special election on Oct. 16, 2013, in which voters will choose who will complete the last 14-plus months of Lautenberg’s term. He has told Gov. Christie that he will not be a candidate for the seat. He describes himself as a conservative Republican, but little is known about his politics. Chiesa and Christie first met practicing law at the same firm in Cranford, NJ. He has been hired or appointed by Christie five times and led the Governor’s transition team after the election. He will only be in office for a brief period of time, but could play a key role in determining the viability of other Republican candidates seeking office what is still heavily Democratic state.
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