Congress Takes Steps to Modernize Antiquated Oil and Gas Leasing System

DENVER — The House Natural Resources Committee approved five bills that will modernize an antiquated oil and gas leasing system while safeguarding wildlife, public lands, clean air and water, and local communities.

“It’s been decades since Congress last updated the oil and gas leasing system for federal lands. These bills ensure taxpayers get a fair deal, energy companies are responsible for cleaning up lands where they drill, and that our air, water, lands, and wildlife are protected from toxic emissions,” said David Willms, senior director of western wildlife and conservation at the National Wildlife Federation. 

The bills, sponsored by Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) include the following:


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