For Immediate Release:
Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement today regarding Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Secretarial Order streamlining the permitting process for mineral leases on federal lands.
“Wyoming’s economy is built on access to abundant and affordable sources of energy that power America. The secretarial order by the Department of the Interior to streamline the unacceptable backlog of permit applications for mineral leases on federal lands will help to bring an end to the previous administration’s war on Wyoming jobs and fossil fuels. It’s essential for our economic and national security needs that the federal government continues to remove the regulatory burden that threatens the effective implementation of leasing programs across the West. With the federal government out of the way, Wyoming’s energy industry can begin to thrive again, bringing back jobs and economic growth and ensuring our nation has access to reliable energy for generations to come.”
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3354 today which directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make both federal oil and gas resources and solid mineral resources on the public lands available for the benefit of the citizens of the United States.
The order also directs the BLM to address permitting backlogs and identify areas where improvements can be made in the permitting process to ensure the safe and timely exploration and development of our nation’s federal energy resources.
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