MMS, BLM must clarify lease policies, acting IG says

Federal oil and gas leasing programs could do more to encourage leaseholders to move more aggressively toward production, the US Department of the Interior’s acting inspector general told a congressional subcommittee on Mar. 17.Mary L. Kendall told the House Natural Resources Committee’s Energy and Minerals subcommittee that DOI’s IG office recently completed an evaluation of nonproducing federal oil and gas leases for US Rep. Norman D. Dicks (D-Wash.), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s Interior and Environment subcommittee.“In addition to some very challenging data integrity and lease oversight issues, we found that the [US] Bureau of Land Mana...

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