Former GJ mayor addresses US House subcommittee on energy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KKCO) -- A former Grand Junction mayor testifies in front of a U.S. House subcommittee about energy development.

Jim Spehar was asked to testify on four bills to protect and expand onshore energy production on federal lands.

House Bills 1965 and 1394 were specifically addressed, one introduced by Congressman Scott Tipton.

Spehar said he appreciates the value of energy jobs but wants to ensure the development is diversified.

"We've experienced four significant boom and bust cycles in my lifetime, and I’ve personally witnessed three of those cycles,” said Spehar at the subcommittee meeting. “As a result, communities in Mesa County are focused on diversifying our economy.”

The bill sponsored by Tipton -- called the “Planning for American Energy Act”-- would create a production plan strategy on a four-year basis for federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior and Forest Service.