Wyoming Legislature pushing back against EPA regulations

Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton.

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming House of of Representatives voted almost unanimously today to introduce a bill that pushes back against the Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, introduced the bill.

“The bill empowers the Governor of Wyoming, through the Attorney General, to take action against the overreach of the EPA,” states a news release from the Legislature’s Majority. “The Obama Administration continues to use the agency to skirt the federal legislative process and enact rules and regulations that have a devastating impact on energy producing states such as Wyoming.”

The vote to introduce House Bill 78 passed 56-3, with one absence. The only Fremont County Representative to vote against the measure was Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete.

“The war on coal being waged by the Obama Administration has already had detrimental impacts on energy production in Wyoming, and things only stand to get worse,” said Representative Miller. “The EPA continues to thwart the development of coal, natural gas and our access to public lands.”

“Mineral production drives revenues in Wyoming and it’s our responsibility to pushback against the continued threat posed by the EPA,” continued Miller.

Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJ1), a resolution requesting Congress to require the EPA to respect the primacy of Wyoming in developing guidelines for regulating carbon dioxide emissions, was also cleared for consideration. The resolution is sponsored by Senator Jim D. Anderson (SD-2) who said the fact this resolution has garnered so much support during a session focused on the budget shows its importance.

“It’s been said that we shouldn’t fear failure, but we should fear succeeding at things that don’t really matter,” said Senator Anderson. “This matters. The overreach of the EPA threatens jobs, our economy and our way of life.

“This resolution is about protecting state’s rights and our ability to determine a lot of our own outcomes,” continued Senator Anderson. “Not only are we responsible, but we’re capable of guiding our own future.

House Bill 78 has been referred to the House Minerals Committee for further consideration. SJ1 is now pending in the Senate Minerals Committee.