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Take 5: Highlights from Sec. Zinke’s Heritage Speech on Energy

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke recently gave a speech on making American an energy superpower at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Let’s look at key elements from Sec. Zinke’s remarks, where he spoke broadly about America’s energy crossroads, using domestic energy as a diplomatic tool, protecting the environment, and economic prosperity that comes with domestic production.

Inventorying Congressional Action Thus Far

While the news is focused on protests, healthcare and Russia investigations, there is good news for the western oil and natural gas industry. Congress has begun rolling back federal regulatory overreach from the previous administration and laid the groundwork for additional reforms. It’s worth taking inventory of the first seven months of the legislative session.

Who Knew a Coal Seam Could Be So Newsworthy?

On the last day of March, BLM replaced the banner picture on its home page with a picture of an 80-foot coal seam at the North Antelope Rochelle mine. The response was illustrative of how the media and public are conditioned to believe that public land agencies are about conservation and not about multiple uses like energy development, mining, ranching, and timber.

A Changed Regulatory Environment: Next Steps after the Trump Energy Independence Executive Order

Optimism abounds in the oil and natural gas industry since November 9th when Donald Trump unexpectedly won election. Like any industry, ours is a diverse one with all political viewpoints. But it was no secret that the Obama Administration was hostile to our industry and used regulatory overreach to make American development and production of oil and natural gas more difficult. The optimism results from not having four more years of a hostile regulatory environment, and the chance to overturn the redundant federal regulatory overreach that went far beyond reasonable oversight of oil and natural gas.

Fuzzy Math: EDF Edition

As the Senate weighs Congressional Review Act action on the BLM venting and flaring rule, activist groups like EDF have reached new levels in their campaign to save BLM’s disastrously expensive and ill-conceived rule. In its latest plea for action, EDF features what can only be described as creative writing in its completely unsupported claims about methane and the oil and natural gas industry.

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