It Seems Everyone Is Protesting BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sales - NR&E | Winter 2011
A July 2010 GAO report found that most federal oil and gas parcels offered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for competitive lease sale are protested by environmental groups and a wide variety of other groups and individuals. BLM’s decisions about whether the protests have merit often are not issued until long after the lease sales, and data available to the public about protests on BLM’s website have been incomplete or inaccurate. The Secretary of the Interior announced oil and gas leasing reforms in May 2010 that should allow BLM to resolve a greater percentage of protests prior to the lease sale date, but whether they will result in a reduction in the number of protests is an open question.