The Bureau of Land Management has requested a funding increase that will in part add well inspectors. Image: Judith Kohler
It was grill and drill time in the House Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Members grilled Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell March 26 on the agencies’ proposed budgets. And Chairman Doug Lamborn of Colorado and other members had an emphatic answer to managing public lands and boosting the economy – “Drill!”
However, as Kornze pointed out, millions of acres of leased land and thousands of approved drilling permits are sitting idle.
“Right now the industry holds leases on just over 34 million acres of public lands, an area roughly the size of Florida, though it is only producing from about one of three of those acres,” Kornze said.