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Preserving the 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund that pays for parks and public spaces requires a “bold fight” by the Obama administration, the Center for American Progress argues. The program, which is mostly funded by offshore oil and gas revenue, is set to expire in September.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the measure Jan. 7, and is set to vote on the bill a day later.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday defended the Obama administration’s plans to stiffen requirements for oil and gas wells drilled on federal lands, saying it was important to establish baseline standards that apply nationwide.
The House Natural Resources Committee approved a suite of bills that aim to boost domestic energy development and ratchet up pressure on the Obama administration to open new areas to oil and gas drilling.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is asking BP, Shell Oil Co., ExxonMobil and 11 other companies today to open their books and provide details on the value of the crude, gas and minerals they have extracted from public lands and waters. Grijalva wants the numbers to determine if taxpayers are getting a “fair return” from energy development and hard rock mining.
Western lawmakers are asking federal investigators for a detailed accounting of the oil, gas and minerals recently extracted from public lands and waters, as part of what they described as a bid to make sure taxpayers are getting a “fair return” from the development.
On Capitol Hill, high-profile skirmishes are playing out as Congressmen fight for the gavel on panels that help set the nation’s energy policies. (Photo: AP)