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DOI Could Expedite Drilling Of Federal Land: GAO

Law360 (November 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior does less to encourage development of federal oil and gas leases than some state and private landowners, to the possible detriment of the nation's energy needs, according to a report issued Tuesday.

Entitled “Oil and Gas Leasing: Interior Could Do More to Encourage Diligent Development,” the Government Accountability Office's report reveals that the vast majority of the 55,000 federal oil and gas leases issued by the DOI between 1987 and 1996 expired without being drilled.

An even smaller number actually...
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