DENVER – Western Energy Alliance applauds the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act with strong bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation takes $6.65 billion over five years in royalty revenue from oil and natural gas production on public lands and directs it towards reducing the National Park Service’s $12 billion maintenance backlog.
“You’re welcome! Oil and natural gas production on non-park, non-wilderness public lands will now help meet the mounting needs of our national parks,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance. “Offshore production has been funding 100 percent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for many years, and now onshore public lands development will likewise contribute directly to conservation. We’re pleased to see that a bipartisan majority in Congress recognizes that we can responsibly produce oil and natural gas on public lands while protecting the environment.