The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial: No more foot-dragging
Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board - October 9, 2017 - Updated: October 9, 2017
To what degree President Donald Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda has accelerated permitting of natural resources extraction on public lands is difficult to pinpoint.
But after nearly a decade of trying to clear regulatory hurdles, SG Interests is a step closer to implementing an energy development plan near Paonia. In singling out the Trump administration for completing an environmental impact statement, SG Interests Vice President Robbie Guinn echoed a common complaint: In an industry where time is money, it simply takes the Bureau of Land Management too long to green-light drilling.
To be fair, there are a lot of moving parts in any BLM decision. The 1970 National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, requires federal agencies to assess environmental effects of any action, including oil and gas exploration, on federal lands before it can issue permits to drill.