BLM's 2006 budget includes increased user fees

Oil and gas producers would pay $10.8 million in user fees, including $9 million in permit processing charges, under the Bureau of Land Management's proposed fiscal 2006 budget. The fees would more than offset a slightly reduced appropriation and allow the Department of the Interior agency to increase the budget for its energy and minerals programs by $9.1 million to $117.6 million.

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