Western Energy Alliance To Testify on Breaking Logjam at BLM

July 28, 2014

(Washington D.C.) – Western Energy Alliance will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at a hearing entitled Breaking the Logjam at BLM: Examining Ways to More Efficiently Process Permits for Energy Production on Federal Lands. The hearing has been called by Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to examine the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) obstacles to permitting on federal lands.

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of Government and Public Affairs at the Alliance, will discuss how the BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2440) is a solution to spurring oil and natural gas development on federal lands. Legislative action is required on S. 2440 because BLM’s ten-year Pilot Office program for permitting, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, expires at the end of the 2015 fiscal year. If the program is allowed to lapse without a replacement, BLM will experience a significant reduction in the resources necessary to process Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs), resulting in longer processing times and less production on public lands.

This bill would ensure a portion of the APD fee paid by oil and natural gas companies goes directly to permit processing at the originating field office and provide BLM the resources to support revenue-generating oil and natural gas development.

Sgamma's testimony is available on Western Energy Alliance’s website.

Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions prior to and after the hearing.

 

Who:                     Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs, Western Energy Alliance 

What:                   Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at a hearing entitled Breaking the Logjam at BLM: Examining Ways to More Efficiently Process Permits for Energy Production on Federal Lands

When:                  July 29, 2014, 2:30 p.m. ET

Where:                366 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

A live webcast of the hearing is available on the committee’s website.

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