2017 RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION 17.051 Urging the Congress of the United States to Establish a Process for Delegating Primacy to the States for the Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations on Federal Public Lands

IOGCC Resolution
Annual Business Meeting

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

RESOLUTION 17.051

Urging the Congress of the United States to Establish a Process for Delegating Primacy to the States for the Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations on Federal Public Lands

WHEREAS, the member states of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have endorsed and support the States First Initiative established by IOGCC in 2013,

WHEREAS, States have historically demonstrated the ability to efficiently and effectively regulate oil and gas operations within their respective borders,

WHEREAS, State regulatory processes have proven successful in ensuring responsible, economic, and environmentally protective development of oil and gas resources,

WHEREAS, State oil and gas regulatory agencies have the local and regional knowledge and experience to make scientifically sound decisions to promote economic recovery of oil and gas while protecting the environment,

WHEREAS, examples of effective federal primacy delegation from federal government to the states exist both in the U.S. Department of Interior and other federal organizations,

WHEREAS, established examples of federal primacy delegation allow the opportunity for each state to elect whether to obtain such primacy delegation from the overseeing federal authority, and

WHEREAS, delegation of primacy to the states for regulation of oil and gas operations would allow the BLM to devote its administrative resources to other necessary resource management functions such as mineral leasing and associated analysis,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the IOGCC urges Congress to establish by legislative action the appropriate mechanism to allow federal primacy delegation to the States for the regulation of oil and gas operations on federal public land within each of the states.