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Natural Resources Committee Bills to Address Global Energy Crisis

On Wednesday, Members of the House Natural Resources Committee introduced six bills that take aim at the global energy crisis. The bills address present energy issues like high gas prices, permitting delays and the moratorium on Federal Lands leasing.

This legislation offers tangible plans to curb the ongoing energy crisis and spur growth among the industry while supporting domestic energy security. The Council applauds these bills, which reflect many of the solutions offered by Energy Workforce SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley at his testimony at the March 18 Energy Crisis Forum, hosted by the House Natural Resources and House Committee on Energy & Commerce Republicans. 

“Today, Members of the House Natural Resources committee filled six bills aimed at increasing domestic production of oil and gas. The bills call for actions that the Energy Workforce and Technology Council has been pushing for and support.”

“To meet growing demands, and to attain energy security here and for our allies, the Biden Administration must reduce burdensome regulations and support increased investment and production of domestic oil and gas, as we look to supplement the Russian supply to Europe and reduce the economic burden on American energy consumers.”

Leslie Beyer, CEO, Energy Workforce & Technology Council

Below is a summary of the proposed legislation, as well as a link to the original legislative text.

The Restore Onshore Energy Production Act
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT-AL)

This bill will require the Department of Interior to immediately resume oil and gas lease sales in compliance with the Mineral Leasing Act, and require quarterly lease sales in each state with an oil and gas program.

The Strategy to Secure Offshore Energy Act
Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24)

This bill will amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require a publication of the 2022-2027 plan for offshore oil and gas lease sales, and require timelines for developing subsequent leasing plans.

The Energy Permitting Certainty Act
Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM-02)

This bill will amend the Mineral Leasing Act and require the Department of Interior to process Applications for Permits to Drill under a valid lease regardless of any unrelated civil action.

The Securing American Energy & Investing in Resiliency Act
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-06)

This bill will require the Department of Interior to conduct all remaining offshore oil and gas lease sales in the current leasing plan, and issue the leases won as a result of Lease Sale 257.

The Promoting Energy Independence and Transparency Act
Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT-01)

This bill directs the Secretary of Interior to comply with permitting reporting requirements and issue all permits which meet statutory criteria.

The Unleashing American Energy Act
Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL-01)

This bill requires the Department of Interior to hold a minimum of two annual oil and gas lease sales in the Central Gulf of Mexico, the Western Gulf of Mexico and offshore Alaska.

If you are interested in the Council’s advocacy efforts or would like to join the Government Affairs Committee, contact SVP Government Affairs & Counsel Tim Tarpley.

Deidre Kohlrus, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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