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Mineral Revenues: Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
RCED-89-108: Published: May 8, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, focusing on: (1) BLM development of implementing regulations; (2) how BLM conducted oil and gas lease test sales, and the sales' results; and (3) the effect of royalty rate changes for competitively issued oil and gas leases.GAO found that...
Energy Management: DOE Should Improve Its Controls Over Work for Other Federal Agencies
RCED-89-21: Published: Feb 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) controls over the products and services it provided to non-DOE entities, primarily other federal agencies, to determine whether DOE: (1) had adequate controls over the work it performed; (2) properly implemented those controls; and (3) controls conformed to pertinent laws and regulations.GAO found that: (1) altho...
Federal Electric Power: Controversy Relating to Construction of Transmission Lines
RCED-89-43: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) justifications for conducting a joint transmission line construction project with other utility companies, particularly its proposed Craig/Bonanza line project, to determine: (1) the extent of WAPA participation in the project's costs and the resulting line capacity; and (2) whether WAPA construction activities comply with its legislative...
Electric Power: Issues Concerning Expansion of the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie
RCED-88-199: Published: Sep 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) plans to expand the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie, focusing on the: (1) BPA justification for the expansion; (2) relationship of Canadian power imports to the intertie expansion; and (3) potential impacts on salmon and steelhead trout.GAO found that: (1) BPA estimated that its costs for the 1600-m...
Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1: Examination of DOE's Report on Divestiture
RCED-88-151: Published: Aug 25, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of Energy's (DOE) report on the proposed divestiture of Naval Petroleum Reserve 1 (NPR-1); and (2) whether DOE could lease the reserve instead of selling it.GAO found that the report did not justify the sale of NPR-1 assets, since it: (1) lacked a comprehensive study of all producing pools at NPR-1 to estimate the reserve's v...
Nuclear Regulation: NRC's Decommissioning Cost Estimates Appear Low
RCED-88-184: Published: Jul 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the: (1) adequacy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) cost estimates for decommissioning nuclear power plants and fuel-cycle facilities; and (2) methods that utilities and operators could use to ensure the availability of decommissioning funds.GAO found that: (1) the NRC cost estimates were low because they did not consider the costs o...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Environmental Studies Program Meets Most User Needs but Changes Needed
RCED-88-104: Published: Jun 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's outer continental shelf (OCS) environmental studies program to determine: (1) whether contractors timely delivered environmental studies in relation to originally scheduled due dates and planned lease uses; (2) the level of user satisfaction with the studies and how Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) us...
Energy Regulation: Enforcement of Requirements Imposed on Hydropower Projects Needs Strengthening
RCED-88-60: Published: Mar 4, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monitoring and enforcement of federal requirements imposed on hydropower projects, focusing on the adequacy of its: (1) monitoring of various license or exemption conditions to ensure prompt compliance; (2) investigations of instances of potential noncompliance; and (3) violation resolution acti...
Nuclear Regulation: Action Needed To Ensure That Utilities Monitor and Repair Pipe Damage
RCED-88-73: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed the pipe degradation problems at the Surry and Trojan nuclear power plants; and (2) addressed actions that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the utilities took to identify and correct pipe system problems.GAO found that: (1) prior to the Surry accident, neither NRC nor the industry believed that nuclear plants were susceptible to...
Energy Management: Actions To Improve Timeliness of FERC Responses to Investigative Reports
RCED-88-92: Published: Feb 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of Energy's Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) investigations into allegations of improprieties involving high-level employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and (2) FERC responses to the OIG reports.GAO found that: (1) OIG issued 8 reports covering the 34 allegations, 7 of which went to the FERC cha...