Bill Looks To Give Oil And Gas Control To States

Wyoming U.S. Representative Liz Cheney has co-sponsored a bill which would give control of oil and gas development on federal lands to the states. The Federal Land Freedom Act would allow states to demonstrate they have the enforcement and regulatory infrastructure to oversee oil and gas permitting on federal land. Proponents of the bill say states are dealing with a decline in leasing on federal land’s, which this bill looks to address. The bill would still prohibit oil and gas development in national parks or wilderness areas. However, the bill would allow development on land determined by federal agencies’ land management plans as open for drilling.  The bill does not mention explicit restrictions currently affecting oil and gas developments in the West, such habitat for sage grouse, which is located on public lands throughout Wyoming and the western United States.

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