Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today introduced a bill to streamline government hurdles and regulations that block and delay development of our onshore renewable, oil, and natural gas resources. H.R. 4383 is one of three bill introduced today by Colorado Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee focused on creating more reliable and effective processes for the planning and permitting of energy on federal lands.
"Two of the biggest stumbling blocks to energy production and job creation are federal red tape and frivolous lawsuits. Additionally, they dramatically increase the cost of gasoline Americans pay at the pump. Americans are fed up with excessive big government regulations and want a return to common sense policies."-- Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
H.R. 4383 reforms the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal onshore oil, natural gas, and renewable resources. Specifically, the bill:
Supports increased onshore energy production by streamlining the permitting process and eliminating bureaucratic delays.
Ensures the timely approval of permits by setting firms timelines for the Interior Secretary to act on a permit to drill.
Directs a portion of permit processing fees and rights of way fees to the local office where they were collected in order ensure the permitting agencies have the personnel, expertise and resources to keep American oil, natural gas, wind and solar production on track by processing permits, leases and protestsin a timely manner.
Ensures American energy projects are not indefinitely delayed by frivolous lawsuits by setting reasonable time limits for litigation. Sets a 90 day time limit to file a legal challenge to an energy project, requires the venue for actions challenging the energy project to be the judicial district where the project is located, and limits any preliminary injunctions to halt energy projects to 60 days unless the court finds clear reason to extend the injunction.