Bad Bills Give Oil & Gas Industry Free Rein on Public Lands
Four bills (with deceiving names) seek to take away our right to participate in decisions regarding oil and gas extraction on public lands.
These bills are at a vital stage--now is the time to speak up to shape senators’ opinions.
HR 6087 - Removing Barriers to Energy Independence Act
Discourages public feedback by imposing heavy fees on protests and document filings that oppose lease sales and other Department of the Interior (DOI) actions.
HR 6106 - Common Sense Permitting Act
By haphazardly expanding the use of categorical exclusions for permits in the DOI’s oil and gas leasing program, this bill supports bypassing established regulations.
HR 6088 - SPEED Act
Obstructs DOI review of applications to drill oil and gas wells on public lands, stopping a closer assessment of sites that could be damaged by extractive activities.
Ending Duplicative Permitting Act
Eliminates the BLM's requirement to issue a permit on oil and gas activities conducted on surface estate land less than 50% federally owned. These lands still belong in part to Americans and should be managed for the public interest!
NRDC overview of bills