Gibbs, House Votes on Disapproval of Interior’s Stream Rule

February 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, the House voted on a resolution of disapproval for a Department of Interior regulation called the Stream Protection Rule. The rule, finalized in the last days of the Obama Administration, is one of the greatest examples of Washington bureaucrats ignoring industry stakeholders, the states that pledged to assist with development of the rule, and the thousands of miners who rely on a commonsense regulatory approach.

The Stream Protection Rule claims to protect surface water from mining operations. However, this rule simply duplicates already existing federal and states rules and has the potential to cut off half of all US coal reserve for mining operations.

During debate of the resolution, Congressman Bob Gibbs spoke on the House floor in support of disapproval:

“In his last month in office, President Obama fired one last shot in his War on Coal.  By finalizing the so-called Stream Protection Rule, the Obama Administration made it more difficult for an already-distressed industry to provide a reliable and affordable energy source for our economy. In reality, the only thing President Obama tried to protect was the jobs of bureaucrats at the expense of hard-working Americans.  This rule adds no new environmental protections. It only duplicates what federal and state regulators are already doing to protect the environment.  Additionally, this rule could close off as much as half of all U.S. coal reserves for mining. The bureaucrats writing the rule do not truly understand the impact of that, because in the seven years it took them to write it, no one bothered to visit an actual mine. We cannot allow out-of-control bureaucrats to regulate an industry that employs thousands of Americans out of existence simply to serve the radical liberal agenda.  I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution to disapprove of yet another regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration.”

The resolution now moves to the Senate, where it only requires a simple majority.