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LETTER: Governors request comment period extension on BLM proposed rule

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March 15, 2016

Neil Kornze, Director
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W., Mail Stop 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20240

Re: Comment period extension request – Attention: 1004-AE14 – Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation

Dear Director Kornze:

The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) represents Governors from 19 Western states and 3 U.S.-flag islands. The Association is an instrument of the Governors for bipartisan policy development, information sharing and collective action on issues of critical importance to the western United States. In 2013, Western Governors adopted the “10-Year Energy Vision” for the West. That policy recognizes that energy development in the West takes an all-of-the-above approach, including energy efficiency, controlling emissions and protecting the environment, wildlife and natural resources.

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule – Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation – will have far reaching impacts on the oil and natural gas industry and states hosting that industry. States must analyze this proposal together with other recently released proposals, including the BLM’s Onshore Orders Numbers 3, 4 and 5, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standards Subpart 0000(a). The current timeframe is inadequate and will not allow thoughtful analysis of this proposed rule and its impact on industry and the economies of Western states.

Given the complexity of the proposed rule, a longer comment period is necessary. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Matthew H. Mead
Governor of Wyoming
Chairman, WGA

Steve Bullock
Governor of Montana
Vice Chair, WGA

cc: The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

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