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  • Opening Statement Ranking Member Stacey Plaskett Subcommittee on the Interior entitled Improving the Visitor Experience at National Parks
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Insular Areas, Energy and Environment

    Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this important hearing. I appreciate the role the National Park Service plays in protecting and caring for our nation’s cherished natural and cultural resources and for the important educational and recreational opportunities they provide for all Americans. Vendors play a key role in providing visitor services. They offer a wide range of recreational and retail services while helping to generate more than $1.2 billion annually in revenue for the federal govern... Read more

  • Plaskett Fights Republican Effort to Undermine Federal Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy and Environment

    Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett is rallying against the use of taxpayer funding to establish a partisan, unelected commission with subpoena powers to usurp the authority of Congress and jeopardize public health. H.R. 998, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2017, proposes to use $30 million in taxpayer funding to establish a commission with unlimited subpoena authority to review federal agency rules and make recommendations to C... Read more

  • Plaskett named Ranking Member to Oversight Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Insular Areas, Economic Development, Energy and Environment

    Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett has been named Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment in the 115th Congress. “I am grateful to be given the responsibility as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As Ranking Member, it is my plan to bring much needed attention, through hearings, field work and investigations, into ... Read more

  • Plaskett Statement on Hurricane Matthew
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy and Environment, Caribbean Basin

    Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett issued the following statement on Hurricane Matthew: “Our thoughts and prayers are with our Caribbean brothers and sisters in Haiti, as well as all those affected in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and those still in its path. I have been in contact with the U.S. State Department who is currently assessing the situation, and will work with members of Congress—particularly the members with large Caribbean constituencies—to ensure that assistance is ready... Read more

  • Congress approves $1.1 Billion in Zika funding
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Affordable Healthcare, Energy and Environment, Caribbean Basin

    Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett announced today that legislation passed by Congress to fund the federal government until December, includes more than $1 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus. “I am pleased to see Congress finally take this issue seriously and approve funding to assist in the fight against Zika. The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been on the front lines of this public health emergency for months and I have fought alongside many of my colleagues at every... Read more

  • Plaskett applauds WAPA receiving Army Corps permit for propane project
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Development, Energy and Environment

    The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority moved one step closer to completing its propane conversion project thanks to the approval of the long awaited permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). The approval of the ACOE Permit will allow WAPA to improve, enhance, and convert the existing fuel pier at the Harley plant and offshore vessel mooring, to use liquid propane gas (LPG) as the primary source of fuel for power generation. Congresswoman Plaskett’s office had been working closel... Read more

  • NOAA issues opinion on environmental impact of Amalago Bay development in St. Croix
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Development, Energy and Environment

    After working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to streamline the permitting process for public and private development projects in the Virgin Islands earlier this year, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett has learned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has released a biological opinion (BiOp) on the environmental impact of one of those projects. The BiOp, issued to USACE by NOAA Fisheries on June 17, concluded that the Amalago Bay project also known as the William and ... Read more

  • Plaskett participates in White House Renewable Energy roundtable
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Development, Energy and Environment

    Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett attended a small roundtable discussion at the White House with select Members of Congress, Administration officials and private sector companies to discuss renewable energy initiatives in low-income communities on June 17. Plaskett said the discussion was an opportunity for the stakeholders to discuss the President’s upcoming initiatives to “super charge” activity in renewable energy for areas that have not seen the benefit in the past. The White House affirmed its ... Read more

  • VI to Receive Interior Department Funding to Combat Reef Threats
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Insular Areas, Energy and Environment

    Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has announced the U.S. Virgin Islands will received a portion of $650,000 in grants approved by U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina to help coral reefs in U.S. insular areas. “This funding shows the continued commitment of the Department of Interior to protect the natural resources of America’s island territories, and is a welcome resource to our local coral reef conservation efforts,” Plaskett said... Read more

  • Plaskett to Meet with VI Governor on EPA OIG report
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy and Environment

    Immediately following the release of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report highlighting the USVI’s poor management of its environmental programs, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett announced that she is traveling to the territory to meet with Governor Mapp to discuss the report’s findings. “When my office was made aware that several of our government agencies was deemed “high-risk” for federal funding, I immediately brought this matter and the potent... Read more

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