Cut in mineral royalties to Western states tied to sequester

Source: The Washington Times DENVER – Western lawmakers are waging a bipartisan revolt against the Obama administration’s decision to cut mineral royalties to the states as a result of the sequester, but so far the administration isn’t budging. Legislation is pending in the House and Senate that would allow the states to collect their royalty checks without having them funneled … Read More

EPSC July 2013 Newsletter

EPSC recently published its July 2013 newsletter. You may download a copy of our July 2013 Newsletter here

Rep. Millett Applauds $50 Million for Cleanup of Abandoned BLM Wells in NPR-A

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – The recent announcement by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski that she secured $50 million for the cleanup of abandoned oil wells in and around the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska was greeted with applause by Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage. “As Alaskans we all want to preserve and protect the arctic wilderness and we can thank Senator … Read More

EPSC June 2013 Newsletter

EPSC recently published its June 2013 newsletter. You may download a copy of our June 2013 newsletter here

State lawmakers urge White House to return withheld mineral payments

Source: Energy & Environment Daily Lawmakers representing a dozen energy-producing states are petitioning the White House to return $110 million in mineral revenue payments that were withheld due to the budget sequester. The Energy Producing States Coalition, in a two-page letter sent today to Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, argues that federal law compels the Interior … Read More

Letter to Sylvia Burwell – June 2013

Letter to Sylvia Burwell regarding the Department of the Interior’s decision to withhold more than $109 million in mineral revenues due to states under the Mineral Leasing Act

Letter to Bureau of Land Management – June 2013

Letter to Bureau of Land Management regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comment: Oil and Gas; Well Stimulation, Including Hydraulic Fracturing, on Federal and Indian Lands – June 2013

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Public Lands Committee Presentation

EPSC Chairman, Utah Rep. Roger Barrus participated in the recent Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Public Lands Committee meeting. Rep. Barrus’ presentation, “Should the Federal Government or the States Manage Energy Production on Public Lands?” provided not only a historical perspective of the long-standing debate over who would best manage public lands, but also the role of the … Read More

State Mineral Revenue Protection Act

Recently, the State Mineral Revenue Protection Act was introduced by Representative Cynthia M. Lummis (R, WY).  The legislation would ensure that mineral revenue for natural resource development on public lands would be paid directly to those states it is owed to.  Currently, mineral revenue is paid to the federal government and then distributed to the states.