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Last week, new legislation regarding GMO labeling passed in Congress. I know that many of you share my concerns about this bill, and I would like to take the opportunity to discuss the legislation and what it means for consumers.
Rep. Capps offered an amendment which would prohibit appropriated funds from being used to process “permit to drill” or a “permit to modify” applications that would authorize the use of hydraulic fracturing in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf.
Today, Rep. Capps reiterated her support for H.R. 167, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure wildfires are funded similarly to natural disasters and end the harmful practice known as “fire borrowing.”
Rep. Capps recognized the partners behind the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies project for winning the Clean Air Excellence Award from the EPA. The award was presented today by Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Capps hailed the signing of the PIPES Act into law today by President Barack Obama. His signature on the bill is the culmination of Capps’s efforts over the past year to strengthen the safety of our country’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline system and to improve oversight of the energy industry.
Rep. Capps released a statement regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) announcement that they will not seek relicensing for continued operation of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant beyond 2025.
Rep. Capps announced the introduction of legislation to hold the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) accountable for lapses in pipeline safety oversight, joining Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Charles Rangel, and Rep. Paul Tonko as co-authors. The PHMSA Accountability Act, H.R. 5443, would ensure the right for communities to seek legal recourse against PHMSA if the agency fails to perform its required pipeline safety duties.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to improve federal oil and gas pipeline safety regulations. Rep. Capps was one of several House and Senate members that were directly responsible for co-authoring the final language, which was based on legislation that originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate.
Rep. Capps participated in a tour of the Carrizo Plain National Monument that highlighted the changes in the area over the last 15 years since the Monument gained federal designation.
Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) released a statement regarding the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s environmental assessment evaluating the potential impacts from the use of well stimulation treatments on the 23 oil and gas platforms currently in operation on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (POCS).