API-IPAA Letter to BLM regarding proposed public lands rule (May 25, 2016)
The American Petroleum Institute (API) and Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) appreciate the opportunity to comment on BLM’s proposed Resource Management Planning Rule appearing at 81 Fed. Reg. 9674, February 25, 2016 (hereafter, the “Proposed Planning Rule”).
Many of API’s and IPAA’s member companies have a direct interest in how the Bureau of Land Management (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.
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