“When the Oil and Gas Act was passed in 1935, the only public interest at stake was development of the resource. Fast forward to 2023, and we know now that oil and gas contribute significantly to climate change, that pollution from oil and gas impacts public health, and that frontline communities, including communities of color and indigenous communities, are hit hardest,” said Tannis Fox, senior attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “It’s long past due that the Oil and Gas Act take account of the public interests at stake in today’s world. This bill would fill a critical need with reasonable, necessary reforms.”

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