Resolution Supporting States Ability to Permit and Regulate Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands within Their Borders

Resolution Supporting States Ability to Permit and Regulate Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands within Their Borders

Resolution Supporting States Ability to Permit and Regulate Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands within Their Borders

Whereas, onshore energy development supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs, generates billions of dollars in government revenue annually, and lessens America’s dependence on overseas oil and natural gas; and

Whereas, the United States is estimated to have at least 5.3 billion barrels of proved oil reserves and 68.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas located on federal acreage onshore according to the Inventory of Onshore Federal Oil and Natural Gas Resources and Restrictions to Their Development (Phase III); and

Whereas, access to natural resources should be expanded to provide Americans with low-cost and reliable energy; and

Whereas, the Trump administration has committed to pursuing a plan of American energy dominance,

Whereas, the International Energy Agency estimates that the United States will be the number one producer of oil by 2023; and

Whereas, States know how best to utilize their land and natural resources, and their role in doing should be expanded; and

Whereas, federal legislation, most notably the Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy (ONSHORE) Act, gives states greater responsibility and oversight for oil and gas development on federal lands within their borders.

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the {state legislature} hereby urges the President and Congress to work together to give states the greater authority to manage oil and gas permitting and regulations on certain federal lands within their borders.