Monday, July 24, 2017 by Sara Welch

ZInke recently signed an order to promote faster, more efficient oil and gas permitting to clear the backlog of federal drilling permits in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices. Although federal law requires permits to be decided within 30 days; however, the average wait for oil and gas companies has grown to 257 days.

Zinke promised not to sidestep the National Environmental Policy Act, the main law regulating development on federal lands, and said the order won’t open up national parks or other major federal holdings to drilling.

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