The Western Energy Alliance has released a position outlining the ways the Obama Administration is preventing companies from developing Federal Onshore Leases. “The Administration continues to deflect blame for leases that are not producing onto the industry,” said Kathleen Sgamma, Director of Government and Public Affairs, Western Energy Alliance. Sgamma added, “Yet their rhetoric displays a misrepresentation of how oil and natural gas development on federal lands works.” About half of the nonproducing acreage results from the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) own redundant regulations and bureaucratic delays, Sgamma said.

This statement was prepared in response to President Obama’s claim that oil and natural gas companies are refusing to develop lands currently under lease. Additionally, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) announced “use it or lose it” legislation in an attempt to blame companies for lack of production on existing Federal leases.

For a full view of the Western Energy Alliance’s position paper outlining the Top Ten Ways government is preventing production in these areas visit the following website:

http://westernenergyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Western-Energy-Alliance-IPAMS-Position-Paper-Top-10-Ways-Onshore-Production-is-Being-Prevented.pdf