Press Release

Bishop Reacts to DOI Statements Regarding Public Land Use and Energy Production

f t # e
Washington, March 11, 2011 | melissa.subbotin@mail.house.gov | comments
Today, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey held a conference call with media in an attempt to assuage nationwide unrest over the current Administration’s obstructionist policies that have hindered domestic energy development both offshore and on our nation’s public lands.  House Natural Resources National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded with the following statement:

“Double speak is about the only reliable thing coming from the Department of Interior these days- you can set your clock by it.  In a conference call touting energy production on public lands, Director Abbey reminded us that public lands are being re-inventoried under the new Wild Lands policy for the express purpose of determining whether or not new restrictions should be applied to them.  There is simply no possible way that this Administration can argue that Wild Lands designations will not impact oil and gas production on our public lands.  At a time when many families are struggling to pay their energy bills and gas prices are skyrocketing over four dollars per gallon, the last thing the DOI should be doing is finding new ways to limit the responsible development of energy on our nation’s public lands, and that is exactly the purpose of the Wild Lands designation.”

-30-
f t # e