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Together with Earthworks and other leading conservation groups, we sent a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to oppose H.R. 3565, the Federal Land Freedom Act.
This legislation would allow states to have authority for oil and gas permitting, leasing and regulation on federal public lands. It would allow oil and gas development to be exempted from the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Protection Act, thereby voiding the public’s right to evaluate how development will impact their communities.
We joined America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation’s letter supporting robust funding for Fiscal Year 2018 for all budget function allocations that support the conservation of America’s wildlife, lands, water, cultural resources, and their associated economic and recreational benefits.
Opposing the Regulatory Accountability Act and the REINS Act
We wrote to Senators urging them to reject H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), and H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. If enacted, these bills would dramatically slow down federal permitting of critical infrastructure, causing delays in construction by subjecting agencies’ compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and other federal laws to interminable litigation. Necessary energy, transportation, and other critical projects will languish and may be shelved for lack of schedule predictability and financing that relies on timely federal permitting decisions.
Opposing the Congressional Review Act Resolution Disapproving the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule
Update: Disapppointingly, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 44 into law on March 27, 2017.
We joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s letter urging Congress to oppose the Congressional Review Act resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to nullify the Bureau of Land Management’s final planning rule, commonly referred to as BLM Planning 2.0. The rule is designed to bring much needed efficiency, predictability, and transparency to BLM’s management of multiple uses on public lands. The rule is carefully crafted to collect state and local government, tribal, and public input early in the planning process. In addition to making BLM’s planning more efficient, improving available information allows project developers to consider potential impacts to environmental, cultural, and historic resources at the outset rather than being surprised by stakeholder concerns and information identified late in the process. The rule also improves the planning process by reducing the need for costly and time-consuming supplements that can delay decision-making and inhibit private sector investment.