Natural resources (31 - 40 of 79 items)
Mineral Revenues: Shortcomings in Onshore Federal Oil and Gas Production Verification
RCED-90-99: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's inspection and enforcement program responsibility for onshore federal and Indian oil and gas lease production verification.GAO found that: (1) while the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has improved the inspection and enforcement program since assuming responsibility for it, allegations of oil and gas theft continue...
Views on Fish and Wildlife Service's Biological Opinion Addressing Mt. Graham Astrophysical Facility
T-RCED-90-92: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1990.
GAO discussed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) opinion on the Mount Graham astrophysical project, focusing on whether: (1) FWS prepared its opinion consistently with the amended Endangered Species Act and applicable regulations; and (2) the FWS opinion was affected by any inconsistencies. GAO noted that: (1) the soundness of the Emerald Peak development alternative is questionable; (2) severa...
Water Resources: Compensation to Water Users Did Not Reflect the Value of Rights and Interests
RCED-90-116: Published: Apr 18, 1990. Publicly Released: May 18, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Bureau of Reclamation's compensation to the Strawberry Water Users Association (SWUA) for operation of the Strawberry Valley Project.GAO found that: (1) SWUA was legally entitled to compensation when the United States removed its rights to obtain revenues from the project land, but the Bureau should have limited compensation to actual revenues lost from existing contracts; (2) the...
GAO Observations on Timber Harvesting and Forest Development Needs on Indian Reservations
T-RCED-90-71: Published: Apr 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1990.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Forestry Program, focusing on the work being done at the 5 Indian reservations that together accounted for 38 percent of the program's timber harvest. GAO noted that: (1) the program's annual harvest volume averaged about 72 percent of the official BIA annual allowable cut, with individual harvests ranging from 51 percent to 88 percent; (2) greater...
Water Pollution: Serious Problems Confront Emerging Municipal Sludge Management Program
RCED-90-57: Published: Mar 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) development of a mandated municipal sludge management program, focusing on: (1) the status of EPA and state municipal sludge management efforts; (2) potential obstacles to permanent program implementation; and (3) key issues concerning EPA development of technical sludge standards.GAO found that: (1) few...
Air Pollution: Protecting Parks and Wilderness From Nearby Pollution Sources
RCED-90-10: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state efforts to maintain clean air in national parks and wilderness areas, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the Clean Air Act regulated stationary sources located near areas designated Class I, the highest protection level; (2) how federal land managers protected Class I areas from stationary source emissions; and (3) why states ha...
National Forests: Special Recreation Areas Not Meeting Established Objectives
RCED-90-27: Published: Feb 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management of 20 special recreation areas within the national forest system to determine whether the Service achieved the development, operation, and maintenance levels consistent with their designating legislation.GAO found that: (1) the Service did not develop, operate, or maintain many of the special recreation areas accordi...
Nuclear Waste: Storage Issues at DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
RCED-90-1: Published: Dec 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) 5-year program for demonstrating its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's (WIPP) capacity for safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) wastes produced by DOE atomic energy defense activities.GAO found that: (1) DOE established the 5-year test program to help determine WIPP compliance with 1985 Environmental Protection Agency (EP...
National Wildlife Refuges: Continuing Problems With Incompatible Uses Call for Bold Action
RCED-89-196: Published: Sep 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) management of the secondary uses of national wildlife refuges, focusing on whether FWS met the purposes for which the refuges were established.GAO found that: (1) although the refuges served their primary purpose of providing habitats and safe havens for wildlife, 90 percent of the 428 refuges had at least one...
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...