Today, that work is focused on developing a Regional Mitigation Strategy that will help offset the negative environmental impacts of future oil and gas development in the reserve under the IAP, which allows industry access to 72 percent of the reserve’s economically recoverable oil.
When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized the Western Solar Plan and created 17 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) across the southwest, two of the primary goals were reducing project permitting times and decreasing impacts to wildlands and wildlife habitat.
It is past time to modernize how energy is developed in this country, particularly on our shared public lands. The policies and guidelines that govern where, when and how development should occur were written decades ago.
Now that the comment period for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on oil and gas leasing, specifically looking at royalty on production, rental payments, minimum acceptable bids, bonding requirements and civil penalty assessments has come to an en