Watching Government: Parks Service proposes changes

As US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Bureau of Land Management drew fire for proposed changes in onshore oil and gas rules for public lands BLM administers, another Interior agency quietly concluded the public comment period for policy changes it has proposed.The National Park Service (NPS) proposed revisions on Nov. 25, 2009, to regulations governing 693 nonfederal oil and gas operations within boundaries of 13 NPS units that have been in effect for more than 30 years."Nonfederal oil and gas rights are the result of a conveyance of an interest from a grantor other than the United States and may be held by individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, or state and local go...

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