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Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister said Sunday that new production of oil mainly takes place on private land, because federal land permits have been “dramatically reduced in the last several years.”

“Where the land is commonly held, actually, that’s only on federal land, and as I said, federal land permits have been reduced dramatically in the last several years. Private land – mineral rights to private land – are in many states the ownership of the land owner, not the federal government, not the people, but the land owner. And where those private rights exist, that’s mainly where new production is taking place,” he said.

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