Resource Reports for Oil Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf Can Be Improved

CED-79-53: Published: Feb 22, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1979.

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GAO reviewed the quality of resource reports submitted to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by various Federal agencies during the initial stages of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease sale process. Resource reports are intended to describe valuable resources contained in the proposed OCS lease sale and identify environmental and other conflicts which could adversely affect leasing of specific OCS tracts.

With a little effort BLM could improve the reports by developing data which informs the submitting agencies clearly states the importance and role of resource reports, tailoring requests for resource reports to individual agencies and asking for the specific information needed, and providing feedback to the agencies on how this information was used in the OCS sale process.

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