Zinke Goes After Backlog of Oil and Gas Leasing Permits

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement regarding U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s announcement of a plan to streamline the leasing permit process to comply with the legal requirement that permits be handled within 30 days.

“This is fantastic news for our economy and for good governance at the federal level. It’s not okay for the federal government to flout the law, and the law requires that the Interior Department promptly deal with leasing permit applications.

“The oil and gas and the mining industries felt the indignation from the Obama administration. There’s a new sheriff in town, and our activists are excited to see administrative steps like this to free up our economy and lead us to greater prosperity and economic growth.”

FreedomWorks submitted a comment to the Office of Management and Budget last month highlighting this issue as a priority for the Trump administration’s government-wide reform agenda.