GOP Bills Would Let Oil and Gas Companies Run Amuck, Charge You $5000 To Protest Them

Abby Zimet

Arguing they are helping “get the government out of the way of progress” - ever a scary proposition - House Republicans this week are pushing several little-reported, so-called energy security bills that critics more convincingly dub "reckless giveaways to big oil and gas companies." The GOP measures would speed up government permits for oil and gas drilling on federal lands, mandate that a quarter of all nominated federal acreage be available for leasing, effectively bar federal regulation of fracking, and charge anyone who doesn't like any of that a $5,000 protesting "fee." With Democrats and most sane people opposing them, the bills will probably not make it to the Senate, or be vetoed by the White House if they do. Still, be warned: Such madness is abroad in the land.

“This bill’s central premise is to allow oil and gas companies to drill wherever and wherever they want to drill on public lands. This bill is completely irresponsible and prioritizes the needs of the oil and gas industry over every other use of our public lands."

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