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Senate passes BLM streamlining bill

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to extend the federal Permit Streamlining Project program until 2026, which will help the Bureau of Land Management consider drilling permits.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to extend the federal Permit Streamlining Project program until 2026, which will help the Bureau of Land Management consider drilling permits.
North Dakota’s U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp co-sponsored the bill.
Currently, it can take up to 9 months to get a drilling permit approved.
The Dickinson office currently has a backlog of 578 applications for permits to drill, said BLM-North Dakota field office assistant manager Loren Wickstrom. But he pointed out only about 25 percent of those are waiting on action from his office; others await concurrence from agencies like the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the U.S. Forest Service.
Wickstrom also pointed out oil companies themselves are sitting on more than 400 permits that have been approved, but where drilling hasn’t begun.

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