On March 3, 2021, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) reintroduced her End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act to end the leasing of public lands with little to no oil potential.
In reaction to the announcement, Vet Voice Foundation’s Kate Hoit, a U.S. Army veteran, released the following statement:
“As a veteran myself, I understand the critical role America’s public lands play in veterans’ transition back to civilian life. But for too long, the reckless practice of speculative leasing has allowed oil and gas companies to tie up public lands with little to no drilling potential, obstructing public access to outdoor recreation opportunities and harming sensitive wildlife. Fortunately, Senator Cortez Masto has reintroduced common-sense legislation that would end this wasteful practice, reduce impacts to public lands and wildlife, and create greater opportunities for conservation and clean energy jobs. This bill is a critical step toward keeping the iconic lands we fought for protected for future generations.”
Read more about the bill here.