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Oversight Hearing on “Energy in America: BLM’s Red-Tape Run Around and its Impact on American Energy Production”
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:00 PM
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Energy in America: BLM’s Red-Tape Run Around and its Impact on American Energy Production"

Member Statements:

The Honorable Doug Lamborn
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

Mr. A. Lynn Jackson
Chairman, Grand County Council
Moab, Utah

Mr. L. Poe Leggette
Partner-in-Charge
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Ms. Kathleen Schroder
Attorney
Bjork Lindley Little PC
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Ms. Kathleen M. Sgamma
Vice President of Government & Public Affairs
Western Energy Alliance
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Mr. Dennis Willis
Price, Utah
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Mr. Nicholas Lund
Program Manager of Landscape Conservation
National Parks Conservation Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Background:

This hearing will focus on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) expanding regulatory reach and over regulation of energy production on federal land. Since taking office, the Obama Administration has made oil and natural gas development on federal lands so burdensome and uncertain that companies continue to avoid federal land for development. Those companies that do develop on federal land are subject to multiple regulatory hurdles, permit approval delays, and increasingly duplicative and burdensome regulations. The BLM continues to withdraw and defer land from oil and gas leasing, and write and rewrite Resource Management Plans that reduce the amount of land available to oil and gas leasing.

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