Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review

National monuments

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that President Donald Trump shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument. Zinke also said he is considering changes to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a move that may include making it a national park.

EPA budget

  • Lawmakers in both parties criticized the White House’s proposal to cut $2.6 billion, or 31 percent, from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal year 2018. Administrator Scott Pruitt heard lawmakers’ concerns about water pollution, Superfund sites, chemical safety and other issues during a congressional hearing on the administration’s budget blueprint.

Delayed regulations

  • The Department of the Interior is preparing to delay its own rule on methane emissions from facilities on public lands.

Dakota Access Pipeline

What’s Ahead

  • Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are scheduled to testify this week before congressional panels regarding the administration’s budget proposals for their agencies. In a previous budget hearing, Zinke took heat from Republicans for suggested cuts to the National Park Service and to programs in coal country.
  • Senators such as Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have called for the Senate to hold a confirmation vote for Kristine Svinicki to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which will lose its quorum on June 30 if she is not confirmed.
  • President Donald Trump does not have a statutory deadline for changing the boundaries or classification of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. Zinke is expected to submit a final report by Aug. 24 regarding suggestions for Bears Ears and other national monuments under review. On June 10, Zinke recommended in an interim report that Trump shrink boundaries for Bears Ears.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

Naftogaz CEO speaks at Atlantic Council discussion on Ukraine’s energy sector 3:30 p.m.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Interior’s budget 10 a.m.
Energy Department’s Perry testifies at House Appropriations subcommittee hearing 1 p.m.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on restoring watersheds 2:30 p.m.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on water infrastructure 2:30 p.m.
Obama administration officials Moniz, Hagel, Whitman speak at energy and climate event at Atlantic Council 9 a.m.
Interior’s Zinke testifies to Senate Appropriations subcommittee 9:30 a.m.
Former Energy Secretary Moniz speaks at National Press Club 10 a.m.
House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on Helium Extraction Act 10 a.m.
House Science subcommittee hearing on environmental technologies 10 a.m.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Outlook 2017 discussion at CSIS 10 a.m.
House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on Indian Health Service bill 2 p.m.
Energy Secretary Perry testifies at Senate Appropriations subcommittee 2:30 p.m.
Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Commodity Futures Trading Commission nominee 9:30 a.m.
House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Interior’s budget 9:30 a.m.
House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing on rail infrastructure 10 a.m.
Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on marine debris 10 a.m.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Energy Department’s budget 10 a.m.
Statoil Energy Perspectives 2017 discussion at CSIS 1 p.m.
No events scheduled


Morning Consult Energy Top Reads

1) Federal judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline
Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post

2) EPA delays chemical safety rule until 2019
Devin Henry, The Hill

3) Energy Department Closes Office Working on Climate Change Abroad
Brad Plumer, The New York Times

4) EPA moves to halt Obama methane rule for two years
Devin Henry, The Hill

5) Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think
Jess Shankleman and Hayley Warren, Bloomberg News

6) These Five Charts Show the Seismic Shifts Happening in Global Energy
James Herron and Will Kennedy, Bloomberg News

7) Trump to create council to punish agencies for delaying projects
John Siciliano, Washington Examiner

8) Details emerge about Trump’s planned rollback
Emily Holden, E&E News

9) Trump’s proposed climate rule reconsideration nears public release
Timothy Cama, The Hill

10) Qatar’s Powerless Weapon
Julian Lee, Bloomberg Gadfly