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BLM Plans To Expedite, Limit NEPA Reviews For Oil & Gas Drilling Permits

June 12, 2018
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking to expedite National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of oil and gas drilling permits, including by using more categorical exclusions (CXs) -- a move that may contradict its separate claim that it need not conduct NEPA reviews of lease sales because only drilling approvals have environmental impacts. BLM outlines the approach in a June 6 information bulletin , “NEPA Efficiencies for Oil and Gas Development,” which says the bureau “intends to comply...

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