Costa Hails Introduction of Senate Bill to Renew and Improve BLM Energy Permitting Program

Fresno, Calif. — Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) balance complex demands, including oil and gas permitting and environmental management in the West. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the legislation today.
“The Federal Permit Streamlining Project has proven successful in improving coordination of energy permitting on federal lands and has a track record of success in the pilot offices where it has been implemented,” said Costa. The BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 reauthorizes the Permit Processing Improvement Fund and provides flexibility to designate new project offices to account for new plays and shifting industry priorities.  I commend Senator Udall for introducing this legislation to responsibly expedite energy permitting and look forward to working with the Senator and my House colleagues to reauthorize and expand this common sense program.”
A longtime supporter of the an “all of the above” energy strategy and increased permitting process efficiencies, Costa is a senior member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, which has primary jurisdiction over legislation related to the BLM.