DOI Plans Tougher Rules For Onshore Energy Leases

Law360, New York (January 6, 2010, 3:20 PM EST) -- Officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior have unveiled a slate of reforms aimed at tightening regulatory standards for companies seeking oil and gas leases on public lands, saying the changes would improve legal clarity and curb the rising number of lease appeals.

As part of the effort, the Bureau of Land Management has issued proposed guidelines for its field managers that call for more comprehensive, proactive review of potential lease sites on public lands and bars the use of categorical exclusions under the 2005...
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