Monday in Washington
The Slog Continues:
This week, the Senate will be continuing its slow progress on S. 744, the immigration reform bill. Amendments bolstering border security are expected which could pose challenges to the loose coalition of supporters.
The House will start the week considering six bills from the House Natural Resources Committee under suspension of the rules. These include: H.R. 876 , the Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act; H.R. 253, the Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act; H.Res. __ , to amend the Senate Amendment to H.R. 588 – Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013; H.R. 520, the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act; H.R. 674, the Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act; and H.R. 862, to authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960.
The House will then turn to consideration of the following bills: H.R. 1896, the International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013; H.R. 475, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines; H.R. 1151, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly; H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; and H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (the Farm Bill).
Other Items of Interest:
EIA Says US Crude Oil Production Could Reach 10 Million Barrels Per Day By 2040: The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a paper outlining the potential for U.S. oil production in upcoming decades as a result of new technologies and discoveries of expanded resource bases in the United States. The amount of production would result in net import levels of 7% or less of by 2040 compared to 40% today.
Ollison Hydraulic Fracturing Report: The report includes news and events at the state, federal, and international levels that could impact the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction.
BLM, Tribes Continue Dialogue on Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: The BLM announced that it scheduled two additional regional outreach meetings with Tribal representatives to discuss how the Bureau’s proposed hydraulic fracturing rule would affect oil and gas operations on Indian trust lands. The additional meetings are planned for June 18th in Dickinson, ND, and June 20th in Farmington, NM. DOI has received extensive feedback on the proposed rule, including over 177,000 public comments as well as suggestions from Indian tribes that helped inform the updated draft proposal. The updated draft proposal is subject to a new 90-day public comment period, which ends on August 23, 2013.
Greenfield Offshore Energy Report: The report includes a summary of news, events, and regulatory announcements that could impact the development of offshore energy resources.
BLM Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Commercial Oil Shale Regulations: The BLM announced that it is reopening the public comment period for proposed revisions to its commercial oil shale regulations. Public comments will now be accepted until July 15, 2013. On March 27, the BLM published a proposed rule to revise certain provisions of the commercial oil shale leasing regulations. The proposed rule provided a deadline of May 28 to comment on the proposed revisions. The proposed rule identifies several options for amending the current royalty rates for commercial oil shale production. The BLM will consider whether a single royalty rate or royalty structures should be set in advance or whether to retain some administrative flexibility to adjust royalty rates when more information is available about costs of production, energy inputs, and impacts associated with various emerging extraction technologies. The largest known domestic oil shale deposits are in a 16,000-square mile area in the Green River formation in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Senators Vitter and Murkowski Express Concern RE: Abuses of National Monument Designations: Senator David Vitter and Senator Lisa Murkowski, along with seven other colleagues, sent a letter to President Obama expressing concerns about the potential use of the Antiquities Act to designate additional national monument to limit domestic energy production. The letter indicates that any effort to pursue this strategy would exacerbate the appearance political favoritism and cronyism exhibited by the recent IRS scandal. The letter also expresses support for legislation (S. 104) requiring greater involvement of states and local governments in the use of these designations.
Chairman Hastings and Senator Vitter Urge Review of Corals Designation: The Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings (R-WA), and the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, David Vitter (R-LA) sent a letter to the head of NOAA regarding the National Marine Fisheries Service proposal to add 66 corals as threatened or endangered. They argue that the decision is based on insufficient data and sets a dangerous regulatory precedent.
Important Hearings and Events:
EIA Energy Conference: On June 17th and 18th starting at 8:45 AM, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will hold its 2013 EIA Energy Conference. Additional information and registration can be found here.
Resilient Communities for America: On June 17th at 11:30 AM at the National Press Club, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the National League of Cities, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will hold a news conference and lunch panel discussion on the launch of the “Resilient Communities for America Campaign,” on the need for more resilient cities, towns and counties in the face of the nation’s “extreme weather, energy, and economic challenges.” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray; El Paso, Texas Mayor John Cook; Des Moines, Iowa Mayor Frank Cownie; Hallandale Beach, Fla. Mayor Joy Cooper; Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County, Calif. supervisor; Keya Chatterjee, director of international climate policy at WWF; Clarence Anthony, executive director of the National League of Cities; Michael Schmitz, executive director of ICLEI USA; and Jason Hartke, USGBC vice president of national policy, will participate in the discussion.
NRC Meeting: On June 17th at 1 PM, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee On Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), Subcommittee on Materials, Metallurgy & Reactor Fuels, to review and discuss possible pellet-cladding interaction during anticipated operational occurrences for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs).
National Journal Hosts Discussion on US Fuels: On June 18th at 8 AM at the Newseum, the National Journal will host an event entitled: “Fueling The Nation: The Transportation Transformation.” Additional information and registration can be found here. Consumer Energy Alliance affiliates AFPM and ATA will participate in the discussion.
Building a Solar Airplane: On June 18th at 10 AM, the National Press Club Newsmaker Program will hold a news conference entitled: “What Does It Take to Build a Solar Airplane? The Developers of Solar Impulse to Explain it All.” George Corbin and Claude Michel, research and development experts at Solvay; and Darcy Gentleman, chemist and science communicator at the American Chemical Society, will lead the discussion. The event will be webcast at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/Solar-Airplane.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Legislative Markup: On June 18th at 10AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full Committee Markup. The committee will consider S.28, the “Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act”; S.155, to designate a mountain in the State of Alaska as Denali; S.159, the “Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act”; S.255, the “North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013”; S.285, the “Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act”; S.327, the “Good Neighbor Forestry Act”; S.340, the “Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act”; S.341, the “San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act”; S.353, the “Oregon Treasures Act of 2013”; S.360, the “Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013”; S.486, the “Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act”; S.783, the “Helium Stewardship Act of 2013.” Additional information about the bills and the markup can be found here.
House Committee Considers Energy Exports: On June 18th at 10:15 AM in 2123 Rayburn, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled: “U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export,” focusing on regulatory hurdles to exporting coal and natural gas. Christopher Smith, principal deputy assistant Energy secretary and acting assistant secretary for fossil energy; Jeff Wright, director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Project; Jennifer Moyer, acting chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Regulatory Program; Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas; Ross Eisenberg, vice president for energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers; Lucian Pugliaresi, president of the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc.; Harold Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, Seattle, Wash.; Mike McGinn, mayor of Seattle, Wash.; and K.C. Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions, will testify. Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here.
Secretary Moniz Testifies Before the House Science Committee: On June 18th at 10:15 AM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Department of Energy Science and Technology Priorities.” Additional information and a webcast of the hearing can be found here.
House Appropriations Committee Marks Up Energy and Water Bill: On June 18th at 10:30 AM in 2362-B Rayburn, the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will markup the FY2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Additional information can be found here.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Legislative Markup: On June 18th at 4 PM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a legislative markup of H.R.2218, the “Coal Reuse and Management Act of 2013”; H.R.2279, the “Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013”; H.R.2318, the “Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2013”; and H.R.2226, the “Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013”. Additional information about the bills and the markup can be found here. The markup will take two days, with the second day of consideration commencing at 10AM, June 19th in 2123 Rayburn.
National Journal Hosts Business Forum: On June 19th at 8 AM at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, the National Journal will hold a “Back in Business Forum,” focusing on American growth in health care, energy, infrastructure, workforce, global exports, innovation and urban economics. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert Hormats; Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Gene Bowman, executive director of Alamo Academies; David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell; Dick Gephardt, president of Gephardt Governmental Affairs; Lisa Gordon, COO of the Atlanta BeltLine; Chris Harder, Business and Industry Division manager of the Portland Development Commission’s We Build Green Cities; Chris Jennings, president of Jennings Policy Strategies Inc.; Bruce Katz, co-author of “The Metropolitan Revolution”; Jonathan Lever, vice president for health strategy and innovation at YMCA; David McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association; Tom Rudin, senior vice president of career readiness for the College Board; Brad Whitehead, president of the Fund For Our Economic Future; Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent for National Journal; Kristin Roberts, managing editor for budget and economy for National Journal; Amy Harder and Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondents for National Journal; Fawn Johnson, correspondent for National Journal; and Ronald Brownstein, editorial director for National Journal, will participate in the event. Additional information and registration for the event can be found here.
The Promise of Smart Grid: On June 19th at 1 PM, Energy Central will hold a webcast on “The Promise of Smart Grid – Improving Operations Today for a More Profitable Future.” Karen Blackmore, founder of Secure Tech IS; Gary Rackliffe, vice president of Smart Grids North America, ABB Inc; Clinton Davis, vice president of Utility Distribution Solutions, Ventyx, will participate in the discussion. Information on the webcast is available here.
House Committee Evaluates Competitive Advantage of Low-Cost US Energy: On June 20th at 10 AM in 2123 Rayburn, the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee and Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a joint hearing entitled: “A Competitive Edge for American Manufacturing: Abundant American Energy.” Additional information on the hearing can be reviewed here.
House Small Business Committee Considers Benefits of Increased Domestic Energy Production: On June 20th at 10 AM in 2360 Rayburn, the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on “The New Energy Paradigm: Its Potential for Small Businesses and the Economy,” focusing on the economic benefits of increased oil and natural gas production. John Larson, vice president for economics and country risk at IHS Global Insight, Washington, D.C.; Simon Ormerod, CEO of Ajax Rolled Ring & Machine, York, S.C., representing the Forging Industry Association; and Chuck Grobe, commissioner of Moffat County, Craig, Colo., will testify.
DOI Evaluates PEIS for Seismic Activities: On June 20th at 1 PM at NOAA, the Interior Department (DOI); Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) will hold a meeting on preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate potential environmental effects of multiple geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in Outer Continental Shelf waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).Additional information can be requested by contacting Beth Nord at 504-736-2995.
Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: On June 21st at 9 AM, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) will hold a discussion on “IEA (International Energy Agency) Report Launch: Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map.” Transportation Undersecretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg; Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman; Fatih Birol, chief economist and director of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency; David Burwell, director of the CEIP Energy and Climate Program; and Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute will participate in the discussion. Additional information about the event and registration information can be found here.
House Committee Holds Hearing on Mine Safety: On June 21st at 9:30 AM at the Mitchell City Court House in Bakersville, N.C., the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee will hold a field hearing on “Building a Better Partnership: Exploring the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Regulation of Southern Appalachian Mining.” Additional information about the hearing can be found here.
New Member of the Day: US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Committee Assignments: Energy and Natural Resources, Commerce, HELP, Small Business, Aging
Chief of Staff: Rich Dunn
Deputy COS: Jennifer DeCasper
Energy LA: Spencer Pederson
Experience: Prior to being appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley to complete Sen. DeMint’s term, Senator Scott served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011-2013, where he was a member of House leadership and sat on the House Rules Committee. He also served on Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as Chair and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He was the owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.
Importance: As one of only two African Americans serving in the US Senate and the first from the Deep South in more than a century, Senator Scott will garner significant media attention. He is an affable yet fierce advocate for fiscal restraint and free market principles. He is a supporter of expanded energy production, and with seats on both the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, he is well positioned to help advance legislation allowing for expanded offshore development on the Atlantic coast.
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