Watching Government: Keeping a good program going

US Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) sought US Interior Sec. Sally Jewell's help in getting continued funding for a successful US Bureau of Land Management pilot program before its authorization expires in 2015. The 2005 Energy Policy Act established the pilot program. It allows Interior to allocate some of the rental fees onshore oil and gas producers pay for working on public land to specific BLM offices in New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado for additional employees and resources to process mineral leasing permits and for other purposes. The US has seen an oil and gas production surge the last 10 years, Udall and Bishop reminded Jewell in a Feb. 6 letter. ...

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