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Congressman Liz Cheney

Representing Wyoming

Congressman Cheney Introduces Legislation Prohibiting Future Coal Moratoriums

March 30, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Cheney (WY-AL) issued the following statement today regarding her introduction of legislation to ensure that no future coal moratorium on federal lands can take effect without a joint resolution of approval from the United States Congress.

 

“Earlier this week, President Trump signed an Executive Order lifting the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. This was an important first step in repairing the damage done to Wyoming during the last eight years. Obama-era energy policies focused on destroying our fossil fuel industry, killing jobs and devastating communities across Wyoming. Yesterday, I introduced legislation to make sure that no future moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands can be imposed without Congressional approval. Wyoming coal is a national treasure.  Our fossil fuel industry provides power, jobs and economic growth in Wyoming and all across the country.”

 

Background

 

On Monday March 27, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Orders relating to America’s Energy Independence. These orders directly deal with issues relating to the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administrations climate change agenda and repealing government overreach on the energy industry.

 

On Wednesday March 29, 2017 Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3348, which overturns a previous 2016 Interior department order which imposed a moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land as well as ends the programmatic environmental impact statement that was set to be completed before 2019.

 

H.R. 1778- Introduced by Rep. Liz Cheney (WY-AL) Outlines that an order by the Secretary of the Interior imposing a moratorium on Federal coal leasing shall not take effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted by the United States Congress within 30 legislative days after the proposed order is received by Congress.

 

Press Contact: Joe Jackson: joseph.jackson@mail.house.gov