Senate passes N.D. oil and gas permit streamlining legislation
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp announced Friday that the Senate has passed legislation they authored that will help streamline oil and gas permitting on federal lands in western North Dakota.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., introduced the House measure, which also passed.
The Bureau of Land Management Streamlining Act expands the service area of the Miles City, Mont., office to include North Dakota, according to a press release.
The office will now process permits for North Dakota, which will help address backlog and delays in places like Dickinson’s BLM office.
Federal permits have taken up to nine months for approval, according to Hoeven and Heitkamp, compared to 10 days for private land.
About 525 federal permits are awaiting approval.
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