Secretary of Interior will order fast-track of petroleum permits

In an effort to increase oil and gas production on federal lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he will sign an order directing that quarterly lease sales be held.

He said the order will also direct Interior officials to issue new permits within only 30 days. Last year, the average time it took to get a permit was over 250 days.

Zinke acknowledged that Interior officials must still determine how to do reduce the agency's permitting timeline to the shorter 30-day window.

Zinke had previously ordered assessments of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.