Sunrise Mountain Oil and Gas would like to thank the noble leadership of the House Committee on Natural Resources for its continued focus on what really matters. Last week, on the verge of a government shutdown the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing to highlight the eradication of pesky burdens that have long suffocated the oil and gas industry.
One day before the government hit its funding deadline, the committee held an oversight hearing entitled “Examining the Department of the Interior’s actions to eliminate onshore Energy Burdens.” In addition to providing a forum for members to publicly praise oil and gas patron and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the hearing also updated Americans on what the Trump administration is doing to fulfill its promise of making America drill again (and again and again) in the name of energy dominance. It was thrilling to hear testimony at the hearing which correctly categorized Obama-era regulatory burdens that provided the public an opportunity to weigh in (aka slow down energy dominance) as “solutions in search of problems.”
A report released by the Department of the Interior late last year identified several actions the administration could take to reduce the burdensome regulations industry has been forced to comply with. Some of the obstacles the Obama administration put in the industry’s way include the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, regulations to govern fracking on federal and tribal lands, and a new (and entirely unnecessary and exceedingly burdensome) leasing process. But now the tables have turned.
The Trump administration has wasted no time in suspending the methane rule, offering leases near some of America’s most beautiful national parks and monuments, trimming the fat off of unnecessary national monuments like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, and establishing the Executive Committee for Expedited Permitting so that the oil and gas industry can get back to drilling quicker than ever before. While these are HUGE achievements, the administration has ambitious goals for 2018 and is showing no signs of slowing down.
So while the shutdown might have given Secretary Zinke and his employees a much-needed unpaid vacation, it’s important to remember that the oil and gas industry continues to work year-round to find innovative ways to take advantage of our nation’s domestic energy resources and public lands. Let us just hope that a shutdown does not impede the permitting process — and that the oil and gas industry can continue drilling on our great landscapes.