Washington, DC - Tom Murphy, Mayor of Gillette, has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2013 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee. This Committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, and solid and hazardous waste management. The appointment was announced by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor, Avondale, Arizona.
Mayor Murphy had this to say about his appointment, "This is an important time for the energy industries in our state and in our country. Specifically, I have been keeping an eye on the anti-fracking legislation being proposed around the country, and I think it is alarmist in nature. Protecting the quality of our drinking water is of the upmost importance, but fracking has been occurring in Wyoming for fifty years and we need to keep that in mind. A well thought out approach is needed to continue utlizing this country's ample natural resources. We need to approach this from the standpoint of responsibility and fairness, and I look forward to working with other members of the EENR Steering Committee to do that."
As a member of the committee, Mayor Murphy will play a key role in shaping NLC's policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America's cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home.
The chair of this year's Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee is Matt Appelbaum, Mayor, Boulder, CO. Serving as this year's vice chairs are Dina Higgins, Councilmember, Mesa, AZ, and Bill Peloza, Councilmember, Auburn, WA.
For more information on NLC's other committees and councils, visit http://www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees
The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
For more information contact Public Information Officer Joe Lunne at (307) 686-5393.