WYOMING – Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney invited Paul Ulrich, vice president of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs at Jonah Energy, to speak Thursday morning during the American Energy Independence forum hosted by House Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee and Congressional Western Caucus.
Cheney asked Ulrich to explain the boots-on-the-ground impacts as a direct result of the Biden administration’s energy policies.
“To put it frankly, Wyoming in federal land production is already at a competitive disadvantage,” Ulrich said. “The bottom line is: It’s more expensive, it takes longer to compete, from a Wyoming federal land perspective.”
Ulrich went on to list the regulatory conditions currently negatively impact federal operators. Economically, that also puts Wyoming producers at a disadvantage, because so much of Wyoming’s energy industry – in terms of oil and natural gas production – happens on federal land.
Cheney asked Ulrich for his impressions on what steps he’d like Congress to take when it comes to exploration and development on public lands.
He said royalty rates remain the top issue. He’d like to see more cooperation with the Biden administration to form a long-term energy strategy that recognizes the importance to development on federal lands to America’s domestic energy market.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to export the cleanest natural gas on the planet – we’re developing that right here in Wyoming,” Ulrich said. “The ability to export that and compete on a global level, and meet climate goals is a serious opportunity for federal land producers we should not pass up.”
Ulrich, a fourth-generation Wyomingite, has spent 25 years in the oil and gas industry. Most recently he’s attended multiple Sublette County Board of Commissioners meetings to speak in favor of granting exemptions from ad valorem taxes. The board ultimately accepted eight producer applications, which is estimated to help the county bridge a multi-million-dollar shortfall created by the Wyoming State Legislature’s Senate File 60.