Representatives from the Departments of Energy and Interior testified at Congressional hearings last week on the Biden Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget for their respective agencies. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives held several hearings where Members of Congress had the opportunity to question these representatives on the proposals outlined in each budget.
Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appeared before the House Appropriations Interior-Environment Subcommittee on April 28. While many questions proposed by the Committee Members centered around local state and district issues, there was plenty of discussion around the federal lands leasing program.
Haaland testified there is no current plan to hold any additional offshore lease sales in the near future, and after the currently scheduled June onshore lease sale there are no additional onshore sales planned. She also discussed the status of the required five-year plan for the offshore leasing program, which is set to expire this summer as well. Haaland did not have a specific time frame for when this five-year plan would be completed, which leaves industry to presume the next offshore sale is not forthcoming in the immediate term.
Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm testified at both the House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee hearing and the House Appropriations Energy-Water Subcommittee hearing on April 28. Granholm faced questions on LNG export permitting, and she said the Department of Energy has done everything it can to approve permits and promote increased production. Members of Congress questioned moves by the Department and FERC that they say will lead to a more difficult permitting process.
Budget hearings for these agencies continue into this week. Below is a rundown of the hearing times and links to the live streams.
May 4 | 10 a.m. ET: Secretary Jennifer Granholm testifies at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development hearing on the fiscal year 2023 budget for the Energy Department.
May 5 | 10 a.m. ET: Secretary Jennifer Granholm testifies at the Senate Energy & Natural Resources hearing on the fiscal year 2023 budget request for the Energy Department.
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