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What war on oil and gas?

January 26, 2017

Far from a “war on oil,” the American oil and gas sector thrived under the Obama administration. Oil production increased nearly 60 percent on national public lands between the final year of the Bush administration and the last year of Obama’s term. Similarly, natural gas production is at an all-time high, with production rising every year of the last decade.

The oil and gas sector has stockpiled leases, but is failing to produce on many of them. While almost 32 million acres of U.S. public lands are currently under lease for oil and gas development, more than 19 million of those acres sit unused. Read more in a new report released by the Center for Western Priorities.

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Quote of the day

“Is all the attrition going to come from the rest of the workforce? We’ve got seasonal people doing things like wildlife, hydrology, recreation, timber, archaeology – pretty much anything, we have a temporary workforce there somewhere.”

—Lisa Wolfe, Regional Vice President, National Federation of Federal Employees, Missoulian

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