Interior secretary calls for quicker oil and gas permits
July 7, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to increase U.S. energy production got a boost Thursday from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who pledged to streamline permitting for oil and gas drilling and hold more frequent sales of drilling rights on federal lands.
Zinke signed an order calling for faster and more efficient oil and gas permitting to clear a backlog of federal drilling permits in U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices out West.
"There has to be a process that doesn't over-delay things so we can't get anything done in this country," Zinke said.
Federal law requires...