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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...
Federal Land Management: Better Oil and Gas Information Needed to Support Land Use Decisions
RCED-90-71: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1990.
GAO analyzed: (1) how Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service land-use plans address oil and gas issues and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of oil and gas development; and (2) stipulations the agencies used to reduce such impacts.GAO found that: (1) 75 of 82 BLM and Forest Service land-use plans, and related environmental impact statements concerning lands having high oi...
Federal Land Management: The Extent of Oil and Gas Activities on BLM and Forest Service Lands
RCED-90-123FS: Published: Apr 11, 1990. Publicly Released: May 15, 1990.
GAO reviewed the extent of oil and gas leasing and development on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands.GAO found that: (1) although some portion of most BLM and Forest Service lands have been leased, less than half of the leases have been drilled; (2) out of 141 BLM resource areas, 126 areas leased all or a portion of their lands, and 69 had producing or exploratory wells drill...
Management of the Public Lands by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service
T-RCED-90-24: Published: Feb 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1990.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and Forest Service's management of public lands. GAO found that: (1) Congress required BLM to manage federal lands using multiple-use and sustained-yield principles to ensure perpetual maintenance of the land's productive capacity and balanced land management to benefit all uses; (2) BLM historical deference to special interests led to management...
Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
T-RCED-89-69: Published: Sep 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1989.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and the Forest Service's implementation of legislation concerning those agencies' administration of oil and gas leases on public lands. GAO noted that: (1) although both BLM and the Service determined that they needed to study potential environmental impacts and satisfy all environmental requirements before issuing oil and gas leases or approving...
Proposed Alaska Land Exchanges
T-RCED-88-52: Published: Jul 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1988.
GAO discussed a proposed land exchange through which: (1) the Department of the Interior would acquire 896,000 acres of Alaska-Native-owned lands in seven Alaska wildlife refuges; and (2) six Alaska Native corporations would receive oil and gas rights on about 166,000 acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). GAO noted that: (1) Interior had the authority to execute the exchange, althou...
Mineral Revenues: Interior's Control Over Oil and Gas Allowances
RCED-87-207BR: Published: Sep 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Service's (MMS) controls over processing and transportation allowances for oil and gas leases on federal lands.GAO found that MMS: (1) does not effectively control allowances, since it uses a prior approval method for expected claims; (2) relies on its audits to detect excessive all...
Mineral Revenues: Opportunities To Increase Onshore Oil and Gas Minimum Royalty Revenues
RCED-86-110: Published: Jun 24, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's administration of federal oil and gas leases to determine: (1) whether Interior has collected all minimum royalties due the government; and (2) if the current minimum rate is still appropriate.GAO noted that the Bureau of Land Management maintains the official records on lease status and acreages subject to rents or royalties, and the Minerals Manageme...
Issues Surrounding Continuation of the Noncompetitive Oil and Gas Lottery System
RCED-85-88: Published: Apr 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed problems with the Department of the Interior's administration of the oil and gas leasing system, and its ability to correct them.GAO found that: (1) procedures for screening lands prior to leasing were weak; (2) geologic data were often not analyzed in setting boundaries of known geologic structures (KGS); (3) KGS were not established in some surro...
Economic Uses of the National Wildlife Refuge System Unlikely To Increase Significantly
RCED-84-108: Published: Jun 15, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's plans to expand the economic and public uses of lands included in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), focusing on: (1) how expansion decisions were reached and whether data provided by individual refuges were considered in Interior's plans; (2) plans to increase oil and gas development on NWRS lands; and (3)...