Being the ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources makes you a lot of industry friends. And in election 2009-10 cycle, oil, gas and mining interests were the second-largest contributors to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's reelection campaign. Because they are friends.
Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Chairman-elect Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statements after Lamborn was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. This subcommittee is one of five subcommittees of the House Natural Resources Committee. As chair, he will be directly responsible for congressional oversight of the "conservation and development of oil and gas resources of the Outer Continental Shelf."
“I am excited to be given the opportunity to chair this important subcommittee. Our work will include tackling much-needed domestic energy development and mineral security. We will be vigorously reviewing numerous policies from the Department of the Interior that impede domestic energy production. These include the offshore drilling moratorium and other efforts to close off public lands for energy and mineral use.
“As Chairman I look forward to highlighting how Republican policies will support an all-of-the above energy approach, create jobs, strengthen our economy, provide relief to consumers, and safeguard national security.”—Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Guess what else Lamborn, in his new role, will be charged with safeguarding. "Equally important is the Subcommittee's duty to oversee the government's collection of royalties - or a share of the proceeds - that energy companies are required to pay in return for the right to drill on federal lands and in federal waters . . . When the Department of the Interior fails to ensure this happens, this Committee has a duty to step in to correct negligence and secure accurate levels of payment to the people and their Treasury."
This is going to be an interesting tenure to watch.