Romney Plan Puts States At Helm Of Oil, Gas Development

Law360, New York (August 23, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released an energy plan Thursday calling for states to play a greater role in oil and natural gas development, a proposal that would give states more power in an area where the Obama administration has expanded the federal government’s reach.

Romney’s plan would turn over control of onshore energy development almost entirely to states, allowing them to oversee environmental reviews, permitting and production on public lands inside their borders and shifting responsibility away from federal agencies.

One of several major provisions...
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