IOGCC Chairman: Federal lands access important to energy independence

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IOGCC Chairman: Federal lands access important to energy independence

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Chairman Gov. John Hoeven, of North Dakota, stressed in a letter presented during a U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources joint oversight hearing that the responsible development of oil and gas resources on federal lands not only benefit states’ economies, but also decrease America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil.

The hearing, hosted by the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, focused on land-use issues associated with onshore oil and gas leasing development.

Hoeven, speaking on behalf of IOGCC’s 30 member states, wrote that while some suggest we should severely curtail production on all federal land, these lands contain some of the most important oil and natural gas resources in the country.

“Regulated by the states, the oil and natural gas industry has proven over a great many decades that it is a safe and desirable component of our economies,” he said. “We must continue to responsibly develop this nation’s oil and natural gas resources, on federal, state and private lands alike.”

To read Hoeven’s letter log on to IOGCC’s Web site.