Tipton sets up second Grand Junction hearing on energy regulation

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., plans to host another hearing in Grand Junction next week about what federal regulations may be getting in the way of energy development in the nation.

The hearing, Tipton’s second on the same subject, will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the Grand Junction City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

The congressman is chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. He’s titled next week’s session, “Are Excessive Energy Regulations and Policies Limiting Energy Independence, Killing Jobs and Increasing Prices for Consumers?”

While the hearing is to address all federal regulations related to energy development, it is to focus on a newly proposed rule dealing with coal-combustion residuals, a proposed new regulation dealing with limiting mercury and other toxins from coal-burning power plants.

The hearing will address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, potential new regulations for hydraulic fracturing, and the Department of the Interior’s permitting and leasing process.

The field hearing is to include testimony from James Martin, the EPA’s Region 8 administrator, and Helen Hankins, Colorado state director of the Bureau of Land Management.


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