Key Facts of Oil and Gas Drilling on Federal Lands

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The oil and gas industry and their allies continue to insist that the only way to address our country’s energy challenges is to open more public lands and waters to oil and natural gas drilling, and reduce environmental and safety standards.  In truth, oil and gas drilling in America is already occurring at an astonishing pace and in a bewildering number of places.  Yet, in the Rocky Mountain West vast expanses of public lands open to drilling and under lease by the industry are not being used, and thousands of drilling permits issued to companies by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are sitting idle.