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Federal agencies play a critical role in ensuring that energy infrastructure projects comply with federal statutes and regulations. We testified about the role of federal agencies in reviewing and permitting various types of energy infrastructure, such as offshore oil and gas projects.
What GAO Found The Department of the Interior (Interior) recently issued guidance intended to streamline the review process and reduce the approval times of oil and gas revenue-sharing agreements—called a communitization agreement (CA)—that include Indian resources.
What GAO Found Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) management shortcomings and other factors—such as a complex regulatory framework, tribes' limited capital and infrastructure, and varied tribal capacity—have hindered Indian energy development.
U.S. consumption of oil and natural gas increasingly outpaces domestic production, a gap that is expected to grow rapidly over the next 20 years. There has been increasing concern about U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources.