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Casper Star Tribune: Senate passes Barrasso bill to streamline BLM oil and gas permits

Casper Star Tribune: Senate passes Barrasso bill to streamline BLM oil and gas permits By BENJAMIN STORROW Star-Tribune September 19, 2014 The U.S. Senate has passed a bill aimed at streamlining approval of oil and gas drilling permits on federal land. Industry advocates hailed the move, saying it would help alleviate a permitting backlog at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Landowners, meanwhile, questioned the legislation, arguing that it expedites a process that already fails to take into account the concerns of property owners. The bill's passage Tuesday represents a victory for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican who co-sponsored the measure with Democrat Tom Udall of New Mexico. Barrasso said the move will give the BLM the resources it needs to review permits in a timely manner. “Today’s vote is great news for Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain states who want to decrease permitting backlogs and increase oil and gas production on federal la... Read More