House Natural Resources subcommittee to sharpen focus on environmental reviews

Currently called the subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Rep. Rob BishopRob BishopHouse GOP picks two women to lead committees Trump's Interior candidates would play Russian roulette with West Obama rescinds Arctic offshore drilling proposal MORE (R-Utah) will remain its chairman.

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“Moving jurisdiction of NEPA to a specific Subcommittee will allow us to better review and address how this law is being implemented and the impacts its bureaucratic red-tape has on jobs, our economy and access to public lands and resources,” Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc HastingsDoc HastingsBoehner hires new press secretary GOP plots new course on Endangered Species Act reform GOP accuses feds of bad science in endangered species studies MORE (R-Wash.) said in a Thursday statement.

The House Natural Resources Committee, which deals with energy development on federal lands, has pushed the Obama administration to expand oil-and-gas drilling. All applications for such drilling projects must go through a NEPA assessment.

The committee announced all of its other subcommittee chairmen would retain their posts next Congress.

Those subcommittee chairmen are: Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.); Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Chairman John FlemingJohn FlemingGOP seeks to make it 52 Louisiana Senate race heads to runoff Senate TV spending crosses 0M mark MORE (R-La.); Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Chairman Don YoungDon YoungOur National Forests weren't designed just for timber Big Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling House bill would up Fish and Wildlife funding by .3B MORE (R-Alaska); and Water and Power Chairman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.).