Sept. 30, 2015: Four Western Governors testified before the House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing on Wednesday (Sept. 30), at which they highlighted the importance of recognizing state expertise in relation to resource management and energy development.
Western Governors' Association Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (WGA Vice Chair), South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert appeared before Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah on the topic, "Respecting State Authority, Responsibilities and Expertise Regarding Resource Management and Energy Development."
"We share the belief that solutions developed at the local level -- by the people who live in the state and are impacted the most -- are typically more effective and lasting than those developed by officials who live and work hundreds or thousands of miles away," said Gov. Herbert.
Gov. Bullock also advocated for increased state management over natural resource development. "We’ve aggressively pushed for constructive partnerships and active engagement with the federal government using our authority, expertise and research, and harnessing the incredible capacity of our citizens to work together collaboratively and problem solve.”
"We believe in states' rights," said Gov. Mead, speaking of the respect and collaboration that exists within WGA. "We wish for the federal government to show the same