DOI outlines new take on federal energy development

By North American Shale magazine staff | December 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of the Interior believes developing the country’s energy resources to grow the economy while protecting the environment are not mutually exclusive ideals. In fact, the DOI believes it needs to do more to help domestic energy production and environmental stewardship. Through its special report, “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy,” the DOI has outlined several factors that it believes can be corrected to help make the U.S. energy dominant.

“While conducting the review outlined in the executive order [issued from President Trump], we found that several costly and burdensome regulations from the past threaten that balance by hampering the production or transmission of our domestic energy,” said Ryan Zinke, DOI’s secretary.

The DOI has nine energy programs, each with their own responsibilities. Through its report, the DOI found burdensome areas related to the Obama Administration’s five-year energy plan, the Bureau of Land Management’s fracking rule on federal and tribal land, the BLM’s venting and flaring rule and the systematic delays in the leasing and permitting processes and programs.

“Our public lands are meant to be managed for the benefit of the people,” Zinke said. “That means a multiple-use approach where appropriate and making sure that multiple-use includes energy development under reasonable regulations,” adding that “following President Trump’s leadership, Interior is fostering domestic energy production by streamlining permitting and revising and repealing Obama-era job killing regulations—all while doing so in an environmentally responsible way.”