In an op-ed at The Hill’s Congress Blog, Rep. Rob Bishop urges the Obama administration to get out of the way and allow energy companies to unleash America’s vast oil and gas reserves.
There are thousands of acres of federally controlled land that can be safely and environmentally responsibly tapped to access millions of barrels of oil and billions of cubic feet of natural gas. It is time to get the politically driven, slow moving, regulation dominated, federal government out of the way of permitting oil and gas wells on federal land and let the states manage the process. The great American energy renaissance taking hold across the nation has been almost exclusively through the permitting process operated by the states. Domestic oil production has increased over 40 percent since 2008 to over 7.3 million barrels per day. This is the highest level since the mid-1990s, which is something we should all celebrate. This increase, however, has exclusively occurred on state and private lands, where the devastation of President Obama’s War on Fossil Fuels has been weakest.