The first bill introduced by Congressman Kevin Cramer passed the House Committee on Natural Resources today. H.R. 767 will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office in Dickinson, North Dakota to participate in a Pilot Project which intends to improve the efficiency of processing oil and natural gas permits.
"Permits on federal lands continue to take hundreds of days to process, while they average ten days for state and private lands in North Dakota. This bill enables our federal agencies to be innovative and seek efficiency in order to reduce the wait time for federal permits," Cramer said.
The Cramer bill amends the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project within the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to include North Dakota in the program.
"Even though federal lands in North Dakota, and other states, have rich mineral resources, producers tend to avoid them because of the added time and cost taken. That's a missed opportunity for job seekers and the American taxpayer," Cramer added.
Senator John Hoeven has introduced similar legislation cosponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp in the Senate. Congressman Cramer is a member of the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology Committees, including the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and the Subcommittee on Energy of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.