WASHINGTON – The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 16th entitled “Opportunities Lost: Constraints on Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands and Waters.”
The hearing will examine the Department of the Interior’s policies towards energy production on federal lands and waters. In particular, it will focus on the red tape surrounding access to federal lands and waters for energy production, which is determined by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
The Obama Administration has repeatedly claimed credit for recent increases in oil and gas production, but the majority of production increases come from private, not federal, lands. According to the Congressional Research Service crude oil production on federal lands was down from 36.5% of the U.S. total in 2010 to 26% in 2012. Natural gas production on federal lands was down from 27.8% of U.S. production in 2007 to 17.7% in 2012.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
“Opportunities Lost: Constraints on Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands and Waters”
Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, Chairman James Lankford (R-OK)
10:30 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building and streaming online at oversight.house.gov.
Mr. Tommy P. Beaudreau
Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
U.S. Department of the Interior
Mr. Frank Rusco
Director, Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. Government Accountability Office