October 21, 2005
03:38 PM

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold two full committee hearings and one subcommittee hearing next week. 

The Full Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. in room SD-366 to receive testimony on S. 1829, to repeal certain sections of the Act of May 26, 1936, pertaining to the Virgin Islands; S. 1830, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003; and S. 1831, to convey certain submerged land to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Invited Witnesses Include:                                               

Panel 1                                                                                                           

The Honorable Donna Christensen

Delegate to Congress

U.S. Virgin Islands                   


The Honorable Vargrave Richards

Lieutenant Governor

U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands


Panel 2


Nikolao Pula


Office of Insular Affairs

United States Department of the Interior


Witness TBD

United States Department of State


The Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. in room SD-366 to receive testimony on the implementation of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, P.L.108-447 by the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior.  

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel 1                                              

The Honorable Mark Rey


Natural Resources and the Environment

Department of Agriculture


The Honorable Lynn Scarlett

Assistant Secretary

Policy, Management and Budget

Department of the Interior


Panel 2


Ms. Kitty Benzar

Western Slope No-Fee Coalition

Durango, Colorado


Marvel Stalcup

Arizona No-Fee Coalition

Sedona, Arizona


Lance Young


World Outing Club

Seattle, Washington


Aubrey King

King & Gorin

On behalf of Western States Tourism Policy Council, Southeast Tourism Society, and National Alliance of Gateway Communities

Bowie, Maryland


The Full Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. in room SH-216 to receive testimony from the Administration on hurricane recovery efforts related to energy and to discuss energy policy.


Invited Witnesses Include:


Panel 1


The Honorable Gale Norton


U.S. Department of the Interior


The Honorable Samuel Bodman


U.S. Department of Energy