House Natural Resources subcommittee to sharpen focus on environmental reviews

Currently called the subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Rep. Rob BishopRob BishopBishop eyes new Puerto Rico bill after recess House defense panel votes to keep sage-grouse off endangered list Lew on Puerto Rico: 'The crisis is now' 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 FlemingHouse GOP reignites push for budget plan Overnight Defense: GOP, Dems clash over war fund Republicans blast Pentagon energy programs MORE (R-La.); Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Chairman Don YoungDon YoungCherry Blossom Princesses begin their annual reign Republicans raise legal questions ahead of Gitmo order House votes to speed up tribal energy projects MORE (R-Alaska); and Water and Power Chairman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.).