GAO Report on BLM Waiving of Oil and Gas Lease Stipulations

GAO was asked to examine BLM’s efforts to mitigate environmental impacts from oil and gas development. This report examines the extent to which BLM

  1. Approved requests for exceptions to lease and permit requirements and how these decisions were made and documented
  2. Involved the public in the development of lease and permit requirements and in the approval of exception requests
  3. Implemented and assessed the effectiveness of its best management practices policy.

GAO examined laws, regulations, and BLM policies and documents; surveyed and visited BLM field offices; and conducted interviews with BLM officials and other stakeholders.

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