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Interior secretary lambasts Green New Deal

Interior secretary lambasts Green New Deal

The Associated Press
October 08, 2019 02:55 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is citing a moratorium on new oil permits in New Mexico near a national park held sacred by Native Americans as an example of balanced federal regulation, while warning against Green New Deal policies.

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Bernhardt on Tuesday spoke at an annual conference of oil and natural gas industry leaders amid surging petroleum production in the Permian Basin that overlaps portions of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas.

The Colorado native touted progress in speeding up processing times for drilling permit applications by the Bureau of Land Management, as well as an ongoing one-year moratorium on new federal drilling leases within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Permits near Chaco in northeastern New Mexico have been deferred while regulators prepare a new management plan for the region's resources.

Bernhardt told local oil-industry leaders that Green New Deal policies threaten their livelihoods and economic progress.

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