Can energy development co-exist with healthy fish and wildlife habitat? Yes.
Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act
The Public Land Renewable Energy Act would create a new system for efficient, responsible renewable energy development on public lands. By identifying priority areas for wind, solar and geothermal development, PLREDA encourages smart siting and efficient permitting of projects in places with high potential for energy and low impact on wildlife and habitat.
Critically, the act would also strategically direct the royalty revenue from development to invest in local communities, fish and wildlife resources and more efficient permitting for renewable energy projects.
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Energy development can coexist with healthy habitat and quality hunting and angling, but it doesn’t happen by chance. Responsible energy development requires careful planning and a commitment from stakeholder groups, the public and decision makers to get it right. Only through collaboration can we strike the appropriate balance. And it is critical that our public land management agencies – the Bureau of Land Mangement and the U.S. Forest Service – have the right policies and procedures in place to facilitate both energy development and the conservation of healthy fish and wildlife habitat.
The government’s FY17 statistics speak for themselves:
There is already ample access to develop America’s energy resources. Responsible development means we don’t need to sacrifice more special places.
Acres already leased
Acres of leases not being developed
Approved permits ready to be drilled
- Percent of leased lands not being developed 50% 50%
- Percent of leases offered that received bids from industry 50% 50%