Should the President need Congressional approval before issuing any moratorium on oil, natural gas, or mineral extraction from federal land?
• "BLM (Bureau of Land Management) isn’t being managed for all – it seems it’s only being managed for oil and gas industries. There has to be a balance, and there can be a balance, but what we are seeing now is a big swing toward imbalance. How much can we extract from the public lands at the public land-owners expense? It’s getting while the getting’s good, so to speak. Even during the Bush administration, we never saw this much of a swing toward listening to what the oil and gas industry needs." Source: Russell Kuhlman (Executive Director of the Nevada Wildlife Federation)
• "The Biden Ban would be nothing short of catastrophic for western states that are already reeling from the decline in energy usage brought on by the pandemic and continued volatility in energy markets. It’s a one-two punch that means disaster for energy jobs, families, and communities." Source: Senator Cynthia Lummis (Republican, Wyoming)
H.R. 543 would require the president to get Congressional approval before issuing any moratorium on oil, natural gas, or mineral extraction from federal lands. The legislation comes in reaction to an executive order, signed on January 27, which placed a moratorium on oil and gas leases on federal lands. The executive order did not permanently block drilling; existing leases are now under review. Sponsor: Rep. Yvette Herrell (Republican, New Mexico, District 2)
- Herrell, Republican Leaders Introduce POWER Act (Press Release)
- Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data (Congressional Research Service)
- Should Nevada's public land be open for oil and gas exploration? Trump, Biden offer opposing views(The Reno Gazette)
- New Analysis Shows Ban On Leasing And Development On Federal Lands And Waters Would Threaten... (American Petroleum Institute)