Talking oil and gas on public lands, and the role of small business

Posted: Sep 23, 2018

Mark Squillace testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations Subcommittee of the Small Business Committee on March 8, 2012.

The focus of the hearing was oil and gas development on public lands which, said Squillace, "plays an important role in domestic energy production." "The Congress is rightly concerned about promoting sound policies in this arena," he said.

Squillace said the agencies responsible for the federal leasing program have established good leasing policies that can help ensure robust development, appropriate levels of environmental protection, and a fair return to the treasury. But, he said, "while these policies themselves are good, they are not always administered as well as they can or should be."

His testimony reflected what he called agencies' "mixed success in implementing the federal oil and gas leasing program," and focused on the opportunities for small businesses to participate in it.

Read Squillace's testimony in full.

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