A number of energy bills passed through the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources this month with a stamp of approval, including several energy bills sponsored by Alaska's congressman Don Young.
House Resolution 1548, the Native American Energy Act, aims to streamline federal regulations that currently impede expansion of tribal energy development on Native American or Native Alaskan lands.
"I am pleased to see this legislation pass out of Committee today," Young said in a recent release. "This bill comes in direct response from tribes across the United States who want to responsibly develop their natural resources on tribal lands, but time and time again run into burdensome rules and regulations put in place by the federal government. The Native American Energy Act will encourage much needed energy development in Indian Country, and be yet another step toward self-determination and business development benefitting Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations."
Rep. Young is the Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee Chairman.
In another piece of legislation, also sponsored by Rep. Young, the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act is geared toward development of the NPR-A in a timely and efficient manner. House Resolution 1964 would require the administration of President Barrack Obama to implement a new plan with required annual lease sales in the region. Under the current plan, half of the NPR-A is closed to energy development.