The bold letters are the key; OK so lets fix this by drilling in the ANWAR and on both of the coast and off the coast of Florida. Lets stop cow towing to left-wing extremism. Stop obstructing on having a vote and lets allow the oil companies to open up other ares to gas exploration and drilling.
Pomeroy Urges Interior Secretary to Improve Energy Development on Fort Berthold
Washington, D.C. – In a letter today, Congressman Earl Pomeroy urged Interior Secretary Dick Kempthorne to improve energy development on Bakken Shale by streamlining the approval process for oil and gas exploration on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Due to bureaucratic delays within the Department of the Interior and a shortage of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) resources, there have been significant and unnecessary delays in the oil and gas development on the Reservation.
“Folks in North Dakota and around the country are feeling the crunch at the pump,” said Congressman Pomeroy. “The rich, Bakken formation promises great opportunities to increase the domestic energy supply, but we are not taking full advantage of this important opportunity.
The Bakken formation in North Dakota, which the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation sits on, is estimated to contain as much as 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil. However, due to bureaucratic delays within the Department of the Interior and a shortage of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) resources, there have been significant and unnecessary delays in the oil and gas development on the Reservation, leaving Fort Berthold behind non-Indian lands in North Dakota.
“More can and should be done by BIA to help us drill this land more quickly and more efficiently,” said Congressman Pomeroy.
In a meeting last week, Congressman Pomeroy met with Fort Berthold Indian Reservations leaders who have several proposals to improve upon an action plan created by Secretary Kempthorne to enhance energy development on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. In his letter, Pomeroy calls on Secretary Kempthorne to promptly consider these recommendations and work with him to develop next steps to better take advantage of the opportunity the Bakken formation presents.