Although the oil and gas industry and their allies have criticized Obama Administration policies for allegedly restricting the industry’s access to federal lands for drilling, the facts clearly paint a much different picture.
Despite claims to the contrary, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry does NOT employ 9.2 million workers. Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) is an attempt by economists to estimate the direct, indirect and induced jobs generated from marginal changes in investments and public policies.
Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) play a valuable role to ensure a healthy ecosystem for humans and wildlife. How we manage BLM lands now will have lasting impacts for generations to come.