Western Energy Alliance Comments on Interior’s FY15 Budget Release

March 4, 2014

(DENVER) – Following the release of the Interior Department’s budget for fiscal year 2015 and comments from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Western Energy Alliance offers the following statement highlighting the impacts on oil and natural gas producers. The statement is attributed to Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs at the Alliance:

“This latest budget again tries for the fourth or fifth year to impose new inspection and nonproducing acreage fees. Further increasing the cost of developing on public lands is counterproductive to encouraging energy production. The oil and natural gas industry more than pays for the cost of all leasing, permitting, monitoring, and inspecting activities by returning $88.76 for every dollar BLM spends administering the onshore program. New fees are akin to charging taxpayers for filing their income tax returns.

“We share BLM’s goal of introducing flexibility into the pilot office program specified in Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, though we do believe the Permit Processing Improvement Fund should be likewise extended.”