Appropriations (81 - 89 of 89 items)
Natural Gas Prices: FERC Should Improve Its Initial Review of Pipelines' Natural Gas Costs
RCED-86-12: Published: Nov 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews natural gas pipeline companies' requests to change their rates to reflect changes in their natural gas costs, focusing on whether: (1) the filings submitted were complete and consistent; and (2) FERC analysts appropriately reviewed the filings before they went into effect.GAO found that a...
Low-Income Weatherization--Better Way of Meeting Needs in View of Limited Funds
RCED-86-19: Published: Oct 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed low-income weatherization efforts in 17 states that had received over two-thirds of federal low-income weatherization funds in fiscal years 1982 through 1984 to: (1) describe the various weatherization efforts undertaken in selected states and provide data on the future of weatherization in terms of dwelling units weatherized, expenditures, and timeframes for weatherizing all eligible...
More Assurance Is Needed That Strategic Petroleum Reserve Oil Can Be Withdrawn as Designed
RCED-85-104: Published: Sep 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO conducted a review to determine whether the Department of Energy (DOE) will be able to withdraw Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) oil at the designed rate and sustain that rate over time. DOE has been implementing a three-phase plan to develop a 750-million barrel SPR at six sites in Louisiana and Texas, of which 483.5 million barrels were in storage.GAO fo...
Selected Management Activities at the Naval Petroleum Reserve, California
RCED-85-7: Published: Apr 12, 1985. Publicly Released: May 13, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the operations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Naval Petroleum Reserve, California (NPRC), including: (1) the process used in establishing the fee for the contractor to operate NPRC in fiscal year 1984; (2) the adequacy of NPRC audit coverage; and (3) justification for the proposed construction of additional NPRC office sp...
Interior's Report on OCS Shut-In and Flaring Wells Is Unnecessary
RCED-85-10: Published: Oct 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1984.
GAO evaluated the methodology that the Secretary of the Interior uses in allowing offshore oil and gas wells to be suspended from production or to burn off natural gas.GAO found that: (1) the Department of the Interior relies primarily on data submitted by well operators, which is verified by Interior's Minerals Management Service; (2) the methodology used for allowing offshore oil and gas wells t...
DOE Needs To Evaluate Fully the Waste Management Effects of Extending the Useful Life of Nuclear Fuel
RCED-84-111: Published: Jan 27, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1984.
GAO determined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) needs to do more to evaluate the potential impact of extended nuclear fuel burnup under its program for accepting spent commercial nuclear fuel under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.GAO found that, although DOE supports commercial utilities' creating their own storage programs which extend the useful life of nuclear fuel, it is uncertain whether t...
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
121312: May 6, 1983
GAO discussed issues relating to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and indicated areas for congressional concern and action. Specifically, GAO focused on the SPR fiscal year (FY) 1983 fill rate and the administration's budget request for FY 1984. GAO noted that the administration has made progress in filling the SPR and that under the law a lower fill rate is allowed if the President finds tha...
Coal Exchange Management Continues To Need Attention
RCED-83-58: Published: Mar 7, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined several aspects of the proposed exchange of coal land ownership in Montana between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a mineral company which is a railroad affiliate. The exchange is proposed to give both parties contiguous parcels of land which would be more conducive to leasing and development.GAO found that, although the Mineral Leasing...
Interior's Report of Shut-In or Flaring Wells Unnecessary, but Oversight Should Continue
RCED-83-10: Published: Oct 5, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1982.
GAO reported on the methodology used by the Secretary of the Interior in allowing Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) wells to be shut-in or flaring natural gas, as required by law.GAO found, as it did in three previous annual reports, that the Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Service (MMS) should continue to improve its monitoring of shut-in and flaring wells while discontinuing its annu...