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Barrasso bill seeks to put oil and gas regulatory control in state hands

January 19, 2018 in News

Sen. John Barrasso has followed in the footsteps of another member of Wyoming’s delegation, sponsoring a bill to allow states greater regulatory authority of oil and gas development on federal lands.

The ONSHORE Act, introduced to the U.S. Senate on Thursday, would set up a mechanism for states like Wyoming to prove they have a state program that can effectively develop and produce oil and gas on federal land. Upon approval, states could take over some responsibilities currently covered by agencies like the Bureau of Land Management.

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