Oil and Gas Development: Increased Permitting Activity Has Lessened BLM's Ability to Meet Its Environmental Protection Responsibilities

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DIANE Publishing, 2005 - 65 pages
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Rising U.S. energy consumption & concerns about dependency on foreign energy sources have prompted the admin. to aggressively pursue domestic oil & gas (O&G) prod., incl. prod. on public lands, which in turn has generated concern that the impacts of this activity may compromise the use of public land for other purposes. This report determined: (1) the extent to which the level of O&G develop. on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Mgmt. (BLM) has changed in recent years, & how the change has affected BLM's ability to mitigate impacts; (2) what policy changes related to O&G develop. BLM recently made & how these policies affected BLM's environ. mitigation activ.; & (3) what challenges BLM faces in managing its O&G program. Ill.
  

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