House GOP panel members press for HR 2337 markup

Republicans on the US House Science and Technology Committee continue to press for a markup of HR 2337, which was originally scheduled for July 11 but was abruptly postponed by Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.).

Nick Snow
Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC, July 17 -- Republicans on the US House Science and Technology Committee continue to press for a markup of HR 2337, which was originally scheduled for July 11 but was abruptly postponed by Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.).

Gordon began the markup and then quickly recessed it to negotiate with the House Natural Resources Committee, which passed the bill on June 13.

The measure would repeal several provisions in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, introduce new produced water disposal regulations, limit royalty in-kind payments to oil for refilling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, require the US Minerals Management Service to conduct at least 550 annual audits by 2009, significantly increase surface landholders' rights in federal split-estate situations, and raise onshore oil and gas reclamation fees and bonds.

Gordon said on July 12 that he would negotiate with the Natural Resources Committee to avoid forcing House parliamentarians to make a ruling on the Science and Technology Committee's jurisdiction. Republicans on his committee urged him to go before the parliamentarians because the bill contains at least seven sections that fall under that jurisdiction.

A spokesman for the committee's Republicans told OGJ on July 16 that they also would like a markup so they can introduce amendments to HR 2337, but they currently don't expect one.

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