IPAA calls for more access to federal lands

The Independent Petroleum Association (IPAA) called for relaxation of restrictions on access to national lands, particularly in the Rocky Mountains, to help ease the tight supply of natural gas. Increasingly frustrated with what the IPAA terms a 'mosaic' of regulations enforced by different federal, state, and local agencies, the association has formed a task force together with other producing organizations to study land access issues and suggest regulatory reform.


The Independent Petroleum Association (IPAA) called for relaxation of restrictions on access to national lands, particularly in the Rocky Mountains, to help ease tight supply of natural gas.

"Current government policies seem to stifle energy production rather than encourage growth and recognize its importance," IPAA President Barry Russell said. "In the Rocky Mountains, for example, federal policies are limiting development of about 137 tcf of natural gas through a mix of prohibitions and permitting limitations. We believe these policies really need to be restructured so that supply can meet demand."

The complaints of the IPAA echoed comments by natural gas association representatives and several senators in a Dec. 12 hearing on high gas prices by the Senate Energy Committee.

Increasingly frustrated with what the IPAA terms a "mosaic" of different regulations enforced by federal, state, and local agencies, the association formed a task force together with other producing organizations to study land access issues and suggest regulatory reform.

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