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The Melting Arctic


Deepwater Horizon Disaster 10 Year Report


Bureau of Land Management Needs to Improve Its Data and Oversight of Its Potential Liabilities

A June 5, 2018, GAO report on the high cost to taxpayers of orphaned oil and gas wells. The report finds that the Bureau of Land Management has not kept accurate records of such costs.… Continue Reading


Fossil Apostles: Fossil Fuels, the GOP, and the Fate of Our National Monuments

A report from Ranking Member Grijalva on the Trump administration's "review" of 27 national monuments with an eye to shrinking them or rescinding their conservation status. The review, which was expected to be completed shortly after this report was made public, has been plagued by a lack of public input, Interior Secretary Zinke's refusal to meet with pro-monument stakeholders, unclear criteria and little transparency, and heavy industry influence on the administration's fossil fuel policies.… Continue Reading


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 Approved requests for exceptions to lease and permit requirements and how these decisions were made and documented Involved the public in the development of lease and permit requirements and in the approval of exception requests Implemented and assessed the effectiveness of its best management practices policy. GAO examined laws, regulations,… Continue Reading


Interior Could Do More to Account for and Manage Natural Gas Emissions

GAO was asked to review Interior's management of natural gas emissions onshore. This report examines: The extent to which Interior can account for these emissions How BLM field offices have managed requests to vent or flare. GAO analyzed Interior data, including a simple random sample of venting or flaring requests from fiscal year 2014, the most recent year for which data were available; reviewed Interior documents; and interviewed officials from a nongeneralizable sample of six BLM fiel… Continue Reading

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