Proof The Feds Are Stalling On Oil And Gas

Proof The Feds Are Stalling On Oil And Gas

Map gives whole new meaning to "Red State"
by John Pendleton  |   Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Last week the 100-year old Congressional Research Service (CRS) released its report on oil and natural gas production from Federally-owned lands.

The CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing honest, unbiased, nonpartisan information on a wide variety of subjects.

There are four entities that own land in the United States: the federal government, states, private landowners, and Native Americans. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Department of the Interior is responsible for leasing, selling, and generally managing oil and natural gas reserves on federal land.

The CRS report shows how the current administration has made a concerted effort to stifle oil and gas exploration on federal lands. Since 2009, oil production on state and private lands increased by an astonishing 61 percent. In that same time-frame, oil production on federal lands actually fell 6 percent.

On the natural gas side of the equation, while gas production on non-federal lands between 2009 and 2013 soared by 33 percent, production from federally-owned land collapsed, dropping by 28 percent.

One of the tactics the feds use to discourage production on federal land is by delaying the issuance of drilling permits. In 2006, it took 218 days, on average, to get a permit to drill on federal land. By 2011 the time-frame had been stretched out to nearly a year. No permit, no drilling. No drilling, no production.

California is 43% federally-owned, Nevada 85%, Colorado almost 37% (mostly in the Western side of the state). In contrast, only 1.9% of Texas belongs to the feds, followed by North Dakota at 2.7%, Oklahoma at 3.6% and Louisiana at 5.1%. Alaska is about 68% fed-owned, but it gets a pass because without oil and gas the state would not be economically viable.

The biggest obstacle to greater production of oil and gas in the U.S. isn't weather, geological challenges or cost; it's politics.

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R. L. Hails Sr. P. E. (Ret.) | Friday, April 18, 2014
If it ever existed, the falsehood that federal licensing has anything to do related to technical or scientific issues died many years ago. In any aspect of licensing, it wholly depends on who you know, not what you know, when getting that permit.
Many people go unemployed, for long periods of time, waiting for that approval. I remember the comments of one regulator to me: I can hold up your license for two years if you do not submit to my demand. He could add $ 1 Bn to my project.
Ponyexpress | Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time for the states to take back their land.
Abolish the BLN for sure, along with a host of other regulatory agencies. "regulate " as used by the feds today bears no resemblance to the original constitutional intent, which was "to make regular"
Doug | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
All this drilling how come we don't have gas at a dollar fifty.
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