Western Energy Alliance thanks Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and John Barrasso (R-WY) for the passage of S.2240 the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 to maintain funding for BLM drilling permit processing past 2015. This bipartisan bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent in September. The Alliance worked with API, IPAA, USOGA and NMOGA to achieve industry and bipartisan Senate support for the bill.

In exchange for regulatory certainty on Application for Permit to Drill (APD) fees for ten years, independent producers agreed to a $3,000 increase in the permit fee, indexed to the cost of living. While our members already return $54.12 in royalties and lease revenue for every taxpayer dollar spent by BLM administering the entire federal onshore oil and gas program, we agreed to the increase in order to ensure funding did not expire at the end of fiscal year 2015. Although we already pay for all processing, inspections, monitoring, and any other administration of the federal program 54 times over, we compromised to provide that regulatory certainty. 

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