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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Energy and Environment

Spanning the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources, open spaces, and scenic beauty. Our energy portfolio includes traditional energy resources like natural gas, oil, and clean coal, as well as renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. Development of our energy resources must be done carefully and responsibly, so that we can preserve our state’s environment and pristine beauty. To that end, I am committed to keeping Colorado beautiful for this and future generations through responsible conservation and forest management, and by ensuring that our open spaces and public lands remain accessible, so that people from all around the world continue to visit and experience our world-class skiing, hiking, angling, hunting and many other types of outdoor recreation.

More on Energy and Environment

January 23, 2020 Press Release

Today, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the improved definition for "waters of the United States" with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule:

January 22, 2020 In The News

Local agencies working on the ground should decide whether to list a species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, according to a renewed bill from Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

The bill, called the LOCAL Act, is one of 17 proposed legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act from House lawmakers in the Western Caucus, a group originally born out of frustration with federal regulation of resources in Western states.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the introduction of a 17-bill legislative package to modernize the Endangered Species Act to better protect species, and to treat property owners, states and local stakeholders as partners rather than obstacles:

January 13, 2020 In The News

Last week, Governor Polis gave his ‘State of the State’ address to sell his administration’s track record from last year and provide insight for Coloradans to the upcoming year. In his speech, he called the shutting down of Craig’s largest employers “exciting news,” as Tri-State announced the closure of the Craig Station and the Colowyo mine by 2030.

The impending lay-off of over 470 workers is not what I would call “exciting,” but devastating.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) blasted Governor Jared Polis and Colorado State House Democrats over the announced future loss of jobs as the direct result of their policies signed into law in 2019. Tri-State announced the complete closure of the Craig Station and the Colowyo Mine by 2030 as a result of the policies.

Tipton released the following statement:

December 13, 2019 In The News

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct an environmental assessment on the potential impacts of five water wells at the RMR Industrial quarry.

 “After reviewing the public comments received on the drilling proposal, the BLM is preparing an environmental assessment, which will include a detailed analysis of the potential impacts of the drilling proposal,” BLM spokesman David Boyd said in an email.

The five wells are required to establish a baseline for the BLM to begin environmental review of the quarry expansion proposal.

November 14, 2019 In The News

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded the Colorado River Water Conservation District nearly $316,000 to develop a Western Slope water marketing strategy tied to a potential demand management plan, the agency announced Monday.

October 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $108.1 million in Fiscal Year 2019 energy revenues to Colorado from energy production on federal and American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the EPA awarded the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment $1.17 million for water quality improvement projects in the Lower Arkansas and Lower Gunnison River basins. The money, funded through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) grant, will be used to improve the quality of ground and surface waters by removing pollutants such as selenium, metals and other nutrients. Following the announcement, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) offered this statement:

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced a bill to make the United States more competitive with China when it comes to the processing of rare earth minerals. Tipton’s bill, the Rare Earth Cooperative 21st Century Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4410), would establish a federal cooperative that would allow for companies to process rare earth minerals they rely on for manufacturing. China is currently the world leader in the rare earth mineral processing market and has used its position as leverage during the U.S.-China trade negotiations.