For centuries, coal, oil and gas has dominated energy development on public lands. The results have been significant pollution and a checkered history of leasing decisions putting development at odds with the stewardship of wildlife, wildlands and recreational opportunities.
Recently, an important milestone was reached: renewable energy projects approved on public lands in the past six years will, when built, produce more energy than all of the hydropower projects created in the past 100 years—including the Grand Coulee and Hoover d
Over the past year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come a long way in modernizing the way public lands are managed. The Wilderness Society’s annual Comparative Analysis for Performance Excellence (CAPE) awards acknowledge the work the agency has done from protecting places wh
Specifically, the proposal is designed to ensure that the American people are receiving their fair share from the sale of publicly owned resources and modernize how we as a country manage energy development.
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.
The wind and solar leasing rule would improve how wind and solar energy projects are approved on public lands – and ultimately establish a framework for a stable and long lasting program for clean energy.