House Republicans examine Biden’s offshore oil estimates

By Heather Richards | 04/15/2024 06:32 AM EDT

A Natural Resources subcommittee will focus on how the Interior Department estimates reserves.

Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.).

A hearing overseen by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) will continue Republican criticisms of the Biden administration's energy agenda. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this week on how the Interior Department estimates offshore oil and gas reserves.

The Energy and Minerals Resources Subcommittee hearing will probe the accuracy of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s recent update on how much oil and natural gas could be drilled offshore.

“BOEM plays a crucial role in assessing domestic offshore energy resources,” the subcommittee wrote in a hearing memo. “However, several deficiencies hinder the accuracy and transparency of its assessments.”


The panel’s GOP leaders have been a consistent critics of how the nation’s offshore energy is being managed, particularly by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.