U.S. Interior Sec. Manuel Lujan last week ruled the Bureau of Land Management does not need to prepare a full scale environmental impact statement (EIS) in every case when operations on an oil and gas lease shift from exploration to development. The ruling stemmed from a dispute last year in which Michael Gold, who operates a children's camp in the San Juan basin of New Mexico, appealed BLM's approval of Amoco Production Co.'s development plans to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), a quasijudicial body. Gold contended the National Environmental Policy Act required an EIS to be prepared before production could proceed....

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