The Interior Department should reform the oil and gas program by:
Ensuring that public lands are managed to benefit all uses,
including fish and wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, and
renewable energy development, not just oil and gas development;
Modernizing the century-old royalty rates that oil and gas companies
pay for resources they extract from public lands to ensure
communities, whose taxes fund public lands, get their fair share;
Requiring oil and gas companies to clean up after themselves,
instead of sticking taxpayers with the bill;
Stopping speculative leasing where there is little or no potential
for oil and gas development; and
Ensuring that Tribal Nations and the public are given equitable
opportunities to weigh in regarding if and where oil and gas
development happens on public lands.
These proposed reforms, which were recommended in
DOI's report, reflect input from a diverse range of people, including frontline
communities, environmental justice advocates, business owners, local
community members, hunters and anglers, and industry executives. Many
of these reforms enjoy broad support among westerners.
By updating the oil and gas leasing program, the administration can
help to ensure that all communities and our public lands thrive for
generations to come.