States protest federal barriers

08/04/2014
Louisiana's parish and local governments want a bigger share of revenue from development of federally managed oil and gas resources there. Utah officials simply would like more energy developed in their state. Officials from the two states separately delivered their messages to the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at its July 22 hearing, "Leveraging America's Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator." Other witnesses emphasized the importance of promoting and preserving recreation and tourism opportunities. But the officials from Louisiana and Utah basically said their states and communities could benefit more if the federal government quit standing in th...
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