“In 2011, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) revealed it was two years behind in its Wyoming oil and gas lease sales, worth more than $50 million. In 1998, the BLM leased only 12.2 million acres out of 248 million acres of federal land and 700 million acres of underground mineral resources. Only one-tenth of the same federal land was available for lease in 2014.
By contrast, states have proven their regulatory structures are effective in resource management. In 2005, a federal drilling application through the BLM took 154 days to complete while state governments could do the same in 30 days.”