“Better, not bigger”: Proposed legislation would empower ND energy authority

Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s Department of Mineral Resources, spoke Tuesday in support of proposed legislation that would allow states to manage development of oil and gas production on federal land within their borders.

“This legislation is a rare opportunity to implement better government instead of bigger government,” Helms said of the Secure American Energy Act. “North Dakota urges you to approve and pass this legislation.”

Helms was one of four witnesses called before the House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources in Washington.

The bill addresses two areas: the regulation of offshore oil resources and the empowerment of states.