FOREST SERVICE RELAXES PLANNED LEASING RULE

The U.S. Forest Service has relaxed its proposed rule governing oil and gas leasing on national forest land. The 1987 Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act gave the Forest Service authority to issue its own leasing rules, formerly exercised by the Bureau of Land Management. The Forest Service said its final rule establishes a process similar to that used by BLM.

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