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Landowners’ rush for oil gets praise

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Congressman Mike Conaway credited the oil and gas renaissance to private landowners.

“While the president brags on the renaissance, his team has done nothing to contribute to that,” Conaway said Thursday at the second day of the West Texas Energy Consortium annual conference in San Angelo. “Oil and gas production on public land has declined under (Barack Obama’s) leadership.”

Conaway said the U.S. needs to address its oil glut first by lifting the sanctions of oil exports.

“The next best step is to lift the sanctions on crude oil productions in the United States,” Conaway said. “Why would we maintain outdated sanctions on oil and gas production in the United States?”

One audience member asked Conaway what Congress is doing to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach on air quality and water quality.

“We’ll basically tell the EPA to start over on that waters of the U.S. regulation. The one you’ve put out as a draft doesn’t work,” Conaway said. “We’re looking at all those overreaches and trying to do what we can.”

Rep. Drew Darby was scheduled to speak with Conaway about the country’s energy independence, but Darby was unable to attend the conference Thursday. Representatives from his local office were at the event.

In related news, UT Poll says Americans back fracking bans by cities.

This article was written by Monique Ching from San Angelo Standard-Times, Texas and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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