The U.S House of Representative passed the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act of 2013 (H.R.1965) on Wedenesday. The legislation would open onshore American energy production on federal lands and create new jobs by streamlining government red-tape and regulations. T
The bipartisan bill passed in the House with a vote of 228-192.
“This bill is a no-brainer,”said Gosar after the vote. “It will put families across the country back to work. By streamlining the federal government’s bureaucratic permitting process and eliminating unnecessary red-tape, we can unleash job creation in an important sector of our economy. This is especially important for Indian tribes and western states, where a significant portion of land is federally owned.”
Total federal oil production has gone down by nearly 8 percent since 2009, and federal natural gas production is down 21 percent; however, U.S. oil and natural gas production, which comes entirely from state and private lands, has increased.
Sec.5008 of the bill permits the Navajo Nation to assume responsibility for its subsurface leasing program. The Navajo Reservation holds large supplies of coal, oil and natural gas, which provides enormous opportunity job creation and revenues for the Navajo and surrounding communities if the bill is enacted into law.