Jun 21, 2016 IPAA and API Joint Statement for the Record to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Regarding the BLM Planning 2.0 Initiative
API and IPAA provide this statement regarding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management of public lands, in particular BLM’s proposed rule entitled “Resource Management Planning,” 81 Fed. Reg. 9673 (Feb. 25, 2016) (the “Proposed Planning Rule”). Many of API’s and IPAA’s member companies have a direct interest in how BLM plans to manage public lands. These companies hold valid existing leases and are interested in future oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, and production activities in areas that will be directly affected by BLM’s management decisions. These companies are also dedicated to meeting environmental requirements, while economically developing and supplying affordable energy to consumers. Issues raised by the Proposed Planning Rule will have a direct impact on the future viability of oil and natural gas development on public lands throughout the United States.