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Cramer: Natural Resources Favorably Reports ND Energy Bills

Jul 24, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the Natural Resources Committee favorably reported to the House a series of onshore energy development bills. The bills bring certainty and efficiency to oil and natural gas production on federal lands. America has seen a resurgence in oil and natural gas production on state and private lands bringing national security and economic benefits along with it. However, despite our federal resources available, permitting backlogs and the lack of a clear onshore energy production plan stifle further production.

“When we give responsible energy developers access to our country's vast federal resources under reasonable and certain terms, we’ll get even closer to energy security and lower energy prices, and create good paying jobs. Instead of the President’s plan to keep the American people from developing their resources, these bills are another piece to the House Republicans’ plan to utilize our nation’s energy abundance,” said Cramer.

H.R. 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, cosponsored by Congressman Cramer, streamlines the process for onshore Applications for Permit to Drill by setting timelines, adequate fee collection, and making the BLM pilot project permanent. The bill also ensures funds are available for efficient wind and solar permitting, provides certainty to the onshore leasing process, and directs the Department of Interior to conduct both commercial and research development and demonstration lease sales for oil shale.

H.R. 1394, the Planning for American Energy Act, directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish a comprehensive onshore energy production plan every four years. Every five years the President must write and submit to Congress a plan for offshore  leasing plans. This bill establishes a similar strategy for onshore energy production for oil, natural gas, coal, minerals, helium, renewables, and other emerging energy technologies.

H.R. 555, the BLM Live Internet Auctions Act cosponsored by Congressman Cramer, authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to conduct onshore oil and natural gas lease sales live through internet. In 2009 BLM conducted a pilot internet auction with positive results. Holding online auctions will reduce fraud in the bidding process, save taxpayer dollars, and ensure a fair return to taxpayers for activities on federal land.

Congressman Cramer is a member of the Natural Resources Committee, including the Energy and Mineral Resources and Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittees.