WASHINGTON, D.C. — In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, the National Wildlife Federation’s Tracy Stone-Manning praised five bills that would reform and modernize the federal oil and gas leasing system, update methane regulations, and restore balanced management to our nation’s public lands so that wildlife and local communities will thrive for generations to come.
“The system is broken and the bills considered today will go a long way to fixing critical, common-sense needs: safeguarding our clean air and clean water, protecting taxpayers, and ensuring more efficient and transparent government,” Stone-Manning, senior advisor for conservation at the National Wildlife Federation, told the subcommittee. “These overdue reforms address an industry that for too long has had an outsized influence on our public lands, often at the expense of wildlife and people.”
The suite of bills, which were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, include:
“Our public lands provide us natural resources, but also clean water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities,” said Stone-Manning. “They are a gift that each generation must caretake and pass along to the future. But they are in trouble: wildlife is in decline, wildfires and drought are on the rise. We have to restore balance and leave these precious assets better off than we found them. The reforms considered today are a critical component of that overall task.”
Tracy Stone-Manning’s full testimony can be viewed here.
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