Budget documents said a sale from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would help raise funds for priorities including $242 million needed to fix a Naval Petroleum Reserve site in California.
The offshore drilling plan was part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to maximize domestic energy production, but has drawn vehement opposition from nearly every coastal state.
The lawsuit alleges the U.S. Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider the adverse effects oil and gas drilling would have on the people and environment in eight Central California counties.
For two years in a row since 2018, Texas RRC staff has taken two days on average to process standard drilling permits, one day below the legislative requirement, a release from the state agency said.
The regulatory changes to NEPA would streamline the federal permitting approval process for major projects but critics lambast the retreat from climate change requirements.
The CEO of the American Petroleum Institute said such proposals from Democratic presidential candidates seeking to ban fracking pose a threat to the economy.
The initiatives include a steep increase in the insurance that oil companies in Colorado are required to carry to cover abandoned wells and would widen the separation between new wells and public areas.
Harold Hamm's letter to Elizabeth Warren said technological innovations like fracking have made Oklahoma the third-largest oil-producing state and made the U.S. “an energy and economic superpower.”