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Mar 29, 2017
Press Release

Listen to Audio Statement on Coal Lease Moratorium Here

Listen to Audio Statement on Oil and Gas Here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer attended the signing of several Secretarial Orders today at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

In the wake of yesterday’s Energy Independence Executive Order signed by President Trump, Interior Secretary Zinke signed several Secretarial Orders including, the lifting of the federal coal lease moratorium, rescinding of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule, review of BLM’s venting and flaring (methane) rule, review of National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service oil and gas regulations, and reestablishment of the Royalty Policy Committee.

Cramer, who has attended three signings with the Trump Administration this week, praised the Interior Secretary for his swift action on lifting the moratorium. “With roughly 15 percent of coal in North Dakota classified as federal comingled with private and state coal resources, the federal coal lease moratorium has created significant obstacles for coal mining, which could ultimately make coal mining in North Dakota unfeasible were it not for the lifting of the moratorium.”

The rescinding of the BLM hydraulic fracturing rule and review of the BLM venting and flaring rule is also a victory for North Dakota. During the implementation process of the fracturing rule in 2013, an economic analysis conducted by the economics firm John Dunham & Associates estimated a cost of $253,800 per well would be placed on energy producers and consumers if proposed federal hydraulic fracturing rules were implemented. An analysis by John Dunham & Associates estimates the costs of the venting and flaring rule to exceed $1.26 billion while the benefits are at best $90 million.

“States have all the tools necessary to responsibly regulate oil and natural gas development,” said Cramer. “From the beginning, these rules were meant as an attack on the North Dakota economy, and has had punishing consequences on jobs in Western North Dakota.”

Cramer is the at-large Congressman for the great State of North Dakota. An early-endorser and energy advisor for Trump’s presidential campaign, he also serves on the House Energy and Commerce subcommittees for energy and environmental issues.