Deseret News: Report says federal oil, gas policies cost West billions of dollars, thousands of jobs

(Deseret News) Utah and other energy-producing states in the West are besieged by federal regulations controlling oil and gas production, a barrier that is costing economies billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Those findings were detailed Tuesday in a report released by the newly created Sutherland Institute Center for Self Government in the West, which looked at three scenarios of development on federal land for fossil fuels, as well as renewable energy.

“There is a lot more potential for development on public lands than we are able to achieve,” said Carl Graham, the center’s director. “We’re leaving an awfully lot on the table by not being able to responsibly develop the resources on public lands at the same pace as private lands.”

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