Large swaths of Western states are already open to leasing.
Yesterday the Western Energy Alliance filed a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management's authority on holding lease sales, as reported. Chase Huntley, Senior Director of the Energy and Climate Program released the following statement:
“The BLM has the authority to determine whether lands should be available and offered for leasing – taking into account public input, value for the taxpayer and impacts on resources like wildlife, water, wilderness, air, climate and public health. Despite this fact, the oil and gas industry has been running the roost on our public lands for over a century as evidenced by the fact that 90 percent of our public lands are open to leasing and industry has 36 million acres of public land currently under lease, of which only 12.6 million acres are in production. Furthermore, recent research by the Congressional Budget Office shows only 10% of leases issued between 1996 and 2003 actually entered production. Industry has bitten off more than it can chew, but now it wants to order more? Enough is enough.”
Chase Huntley, 202-429-7431, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anastasia Greene, 202-429-2624, email@example.com