While debating a bill that would repeal $2 billion in tax subsidies for Big Oil, S. 2204, United States Senators came to the floor to state their case. Unfortunately, those defending Big Oil’s perks decided to use well-worn myths and misdirection.
Data from the Bureau of Land Management that shows that as of September 30, 2011, the oil and gas industry had more than 7,000 unused Approved Drilling Permits - the final approval needed before beginning to drill for oil or gas.
Sitting Pretty: The numbers show that the oil and gas industry is flourishing on our federal lands, while sitting on thousands of unused drilling permits and tens of millions of acres of idle federal leases.
Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) along with four other members of Congress submitted a letter attacking Master Leasing Plans (MLPs), a key oil and gas leasing reform issued by Sec.
Substantial economic costs are likely to occur if air quality in the areas surrounding BLM lands continues to deteriorate as the result of proposed actions and developments such as increased oil and gas exploration and production.
The Wilderness Society's Ecology and Economics Research Department analyzed the technically recoverable natural gas and oil from the 77 challenged leases in Utah, and found that the potential natural gas and oil under those contested leases amounts to a miniscule amount of energy.
This report addresses the ecological footprint from oil and gas development. Landscape analysis of Upper Green River basin in Wyoming shows that oil and gas drilling and extraction cause significant fragmentation of habitat.