Representative Rosendale Introduces Restore Onshore Energy Production Act

Washington, D.C. – On March 30 Representative Rosendale introduced the Restore Onshore Energy Production Act. This bill would require the Biden administration to immediately resume onshore oil and gas lease sales in compliance with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 authorizes and governs leasing of public lands for developing coal, petroleum, natural gas, and other resources.

In Jan. 2021, President Biden imposed a moratorium on federal onshore and offshore lease sales, which the courts subsequently ruled to be illegal. The Biden administration was forced to repeal such actions, but still have not issued a single new lease sale to date. The current conflict in eastern Europe has shed more light on the consequences of relying on foreign adversaries for energy imports, exposing the need for the United States to return to energy independence.

“The Biden administration imposed an illegal moratorium on federal onshore and offshore lease sales, damaging our nation’s traditional energy production and energy independence when we need it most,” said Representative Rosendale. “My bill would prohibit the President from pausing, canceling, or delaying the onshore federal leasing process that provides millions of Americans with affordable fuel and powers the economies of many rural states like Montana. The Biden administration must end its war on traditional energy production, pursue an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and resolve the energy crisis facing our nation.” 

The bill is cosponsored by Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Jerry Carl (R-AL), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Yvette Herrell (R-NM), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Barry Moore (R-AL), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Garret Graves (R-LA), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Troy Balderson (R-OH).


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