- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that seeks to streamline approval of oil and gas drilling permits on federal land.

Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso co-sponsored the measure with Democrat Tom Udall of New Mexico.

Barrasso said the proposal gives the BLM the resources it needs to decrease permitting backlogs and increase oil and gas production on federal lands in states that want it.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1twzoWG ) that the legislation was passed this week with unanimous consent and now goes to the House.

Industry advocates endorse the proposal, saying it would help alleviate a permitting backlog at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Landowners, meanwhile, questioned the legislation, arguing that it expedites a process that already fails to take into account the concerns of property owners.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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