House Passes Bill to Tighten Drilling Permit Deadlines

President Obama isn't on board with Rep. Doug Lamborn's, R-Colo., plan to speed up drilling permitting.
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Alex Brown
Nov. 20, 2013, 10:41 a.m.

As ex­pec­ted, the House on Wed­nes­day passed Rep. Doug Lam­born’s bill that would speed up on­shore-drilling per­mits. The pro­pos­al passed, 228-192, but is un­likely to move in the Sen­ate. Pres­id­ent Obama has also threatened to veto the bill.

“This le­gis­la­tion puts our coun­try on a path to en­ergy in­de­pend­ence by stream­lin­ing gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions and re­du­cing gov­ern­ment red-tape that hinder on­shore en­ergy pro­duc­tion,” Lam­born, R-Colo., said in a re­lease.

The bill would give the In­teri­or De­part­ment 60 days to re­view on­shore-drilling per­mits be­fore they are con­sidered auto­mat­ic­ally ap­proved. It would also open more fed­er­al lands to en­ergy pro­jects and charge fees for drilling protests.