Senator Cramer’s Statement on Yesterday’s BLM Shore Lease Sale
BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on yesterday’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shore sale and the legal challenge from radical environmental interest groups:
“Yesterday’s onshore lease sale, better late than never, demonstrates not only the attractiveness of the Bakken, but also the urgent need for domestic oil and gas production in a context of runaway inflation, rising oil prices soaring gases and a hostile administration. Energy producers paid up to $2.3 million each for 15 plots in North Dakota. This provides essential dollars to the state and local communities in addition to well-paying jobs while increasing energy supply which is in high demand. The administration should organize more lease sales and offer more parcels. The industry is looking to grow.
“However, radical environmental groups are challenging this long-awaited lease sale — the first ever from the Biden administration — in hopes of completely halting responsible energy development in the United States. The Home Office recently revived covert prosecution and settlement tactics. Considering this administration’s open disregard for legal leasing, Americans should pay close attention to likely payments to their obstructionist friends.
“The call for a cumulative environmental impact analysis for all June quarterly lease sales is driven solely by a desire to shut down fossil fuel production at a time when the world desperately needs it. A very dangerous precedent could be set here. This has broader implications, including weakening national security, obstructing any chance of energy independence, taking away important revenue for North Dakota and the country, and hindering global climate goals by moving production to countries like Russia, Venezuela and Iran.
“It’s not in North Dakota’s interest or the country’s interest.”