Crude oil production from federally-managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, U.S. officials told The Associated Press, as shorter permitting times helped drive new development.
Critics charge the gains being made by energy companies come at the expense of the environment, with fewer safeguards to protect the land and wildlife from harm, Kallanish Energy finds.
The production figure was up more than 13% from 2018. It includes oil from onshore and offshore parcels and American Indian-owned lands managed by the U.S. Interior Department during fiscal year 2019, which ended last Sept. 30.
Acting assistant secretary of the Interior Casey Hammond told AP: “You have to create an environment where folks want to bid on leases and then go develop them. “One thing we can do as regulators is give people some assurances we’re going to work through the process in a fair and efficient way.”
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