The Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the 65 parcels it leased over the last two decades, and trying to figure out why none of them went through initial environmental review processes. Proper evaluation could lead the BLM to dismiss some of or even all of the leases, and could require stricter environmental mitigations on those left available for gas extraction. It could also uphold the original drilling conditions and allow drilling to proceed.
Figuring out what to do with the leases will not be easy, according to BLM spokesperson Steven Hall. “These leases that we’re talking about and considering, they range from leases that have had no development whatsoever to leases that have been producing gas for years,” Hall says.
The BLM has recently…
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