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Wyoming governor Matt mead unveiling an energy policy this week designed to keep this state as the top energy exporter while also promoting new industries such as production of liquefied natural gas and joining us by phone is Republican governor -- -- governor thank you for joining us.
On thank you very much.
I I from what I understand that this new energy policy was two years in the making why did it take so long -- Was a good question that idea actually when I start working I was predicting it would be a matter of about a happier.
What I think that took so long time as as.
I went about this state that we try to -- all stakeholders competitive -- -- based groups to.
Livestock producers -- that crested and water.
And get them all on board to get -- input on this so that it was as inclusive as possible and that took a lot of time but it was well worth it.
Nearly half the matches from what I can see it aimed at streamlining.
State regulations is not a big.
Obstacle when it comes to trying to devise an energy plan.
Well I think it's it is an obstacle on and it is an area where I think Wyoming can do better and so we wanted to -- it streamlined not only.
So it is easier for companies to know what -- rules are.
But also -- speed up the process.
One of things I don't want to do was.
Our government that is the state.
In the way of what we he is just great opportunity for the future for energy development.
But I also want rules clear still you know -- this question of energy is so poor that it's fundamental to our economy.
And our quality of life as is the environment -- folk stuff and so.
Having clear concise ruled that -- read and understood are both good on the development side and -- -- What we actually he had so far from federal agencies and it's early days there hasn't been positive feedback.
Well it has been positive so we we were obviously shipping copies as fast as we can't do -- indeed be -- Department of Energy.
Secretary interior because one of the things that I think is on a panel that the country should be looked at as having energy strategy -- energy policy.
And we are disappointed.
The federal government has not done that it -- -- Not just this administration the previous administration as well so.
We hope we're setting an example understanding that Washington -- and at times beat tone deaf to this but this is.
This is fundamental.
Not only our state but put the country -- so we hope -- pay attention.
We're nearly out of time already gotten -- but there is a legal challenge yet to -- and stop the federal government from withholding 53000009.
Dollars and -- a mineral tax payments.
That is owed it to Wyoming the federal government saying that sorry that's -- -- -- Sequestration.
What are you trying to do to combat that are you going to court.
Well we've we've not done that gets obviously we put it every legal opportunity we can and by attorney general -- Doesn't look like there's much that snowballs -- -- that was -- our congressional delegation to work with other Russian delegation.
B 53 million dollars source state -- a lot of funny.
And that that money is you know they only caught it expenditure that happens to go on the treasure right that but it should come back to the state -- has only wildly.
-- -- -- a lot of west state.
Suffered the consequence you know what they -- to determine its expenditure.
Governor thank you so much -- -- -- met me thank you so much for joining us and death best of luck with the energy policies.
Thank you actually think -- And.
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