Obama Threatens Vetoes on House Energy Bills

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. 19, 2013, 6:05 a.m.

The White House is­sued veto threats Tues­day to a pair of House bills that would lim­it the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to reg­u­late en­ergy pro­duc­tion.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion’s op­pos­i­tion comes as no sur­prise, and neither pro­pos­al is likely to pass the Sen­ate. One bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lam­born, R-Colo., would lim­it the gov­ern­ment to 60 days to re­ject on­shore drilling per­mits be­fore they are con­sidered auto­mat­ic­ally ap­proved. Oth­er pro­vi­sions would re­quire more area to be made avail­able for leas­ing and im­pose fees on protests of drilling pro­jects.

That pro­pos­al “would un­der­mine the na­tion’s en­ergy se­cur­ity; roll back policies that sup­port the con­tin­ued growth of safe and re­spons­ible en­ergy pro­duc­tion in the United States; dis­cour­age en­vir­on­ment­al ana­lys­is and civic en­gage­ment in fed­er­al de­cision-mak­ing; dir­ect that fed­er­al lands be man­aged for the primary pur­pose of en­ergy de­vel­op­ment rather than for thought­fully bal­anced mul­tiple uses; and un­der­mine pub­lic re­source man­age­ment plans that es­tab­lish a bal­ance between en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and re­source pro­tec­tion,” the White House said in a re­lease

The oth­er bill would lim­it the In­teri­or De­part­ment from man­dat­ing hy­draul­ic-frac­tur­ing reg­u­la­tions in states that already have their own stand­ards. That le­gis­la­tion is sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas. 

The plan “would pro­hib­it the Bur­eau of Land Man­age­ment in the De­part­ment of the In­teri­or from en­sur­ing that hy­draul­ic frac­tur­ing activ­it­ies tak­ing place on fed­er­al and In­di­an lands are man­aged in a safe and re­spons­ible man­ner,” the White House said in a second re­lease

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