United States Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Washington, D.C. 20240
 
June 12, 2006
 
In Reply Refer To:
2800/3100 (300) P
Ref. IM No. 2004-194


EMS TRANSMISSION 06/15/2006
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-167
Expires: 9/30/2007

 
To:                   All Field Officials

 
From:               Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection

 
Subject:           The Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Environmental Best Management Practices Awards Program DD: 06/30/2006, 10/01/2006, 10/30/2006
 
Program Areas: Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Operations
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to invite nominations of energy companies from August 1, 2006 to October 1, 2006,for the second annual Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Development Environmental Best Management Practices (BMP) Awards Program.
 
Background: On June 22, 2004, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) directed all Field Offices to incorporate appropriate BMPs into Application for Permit to Drill and associated on- and off-lease rights-of-way approvals after appropriate National Environmental Policy Act evaluation. In addition, oil, gas, and geothermal companies are highly encouraged by the BLM to proactively incorporate environmental Best Management Practices into their permit applications. A permit application containing BMPs will typically result in a more efficient permit and environmental review process and less impact to the environment.  In recognition of the many outstanding BMPs developed and implemented by the energy industry, the BLM has created this award program. 
 
Policy/Action: This IM invites nominations from surface management agencies, the public, and the energy industry for the second annual Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Environmental BMP Awards Program. The purpose of the Awards Program is to promote and showcase the finest examples of responsible fluid minerals resource development on Federal, Federal split estate, and Indian trust lands and to recognize oil, gas, and geothermal operators and their partners who demonstrate leadership and creativity in reducing the impacts of energy development.
 
The BMP awards program will serve as an important component of the BLM’s overall approach to ensure that energy development is conducted on these lands in an environmentally responsible manner.
 
 
BMP Awards Program:  These awards will recognize one or more oil, gas, or geothermal operators or partnerships. Fluid minerals development projects eligible for consideration must occur on BLM-managed public lands, other Federal agency lands, such as national forest lands, Indian trust lands, or on split estate lands where the BLM manages the mineral estate and the surface is privately owned.  BMPs must have been put into use in 2005 or 2006.  
 
Nominations will be accepted from August 1, 2006, to October 1, 2006.  Nominations may originate from surface management agencies, or the public, or companies may self-nominate.  
A nominations review panel will consist of energy industry and natural resource experts and may comprise Federal agencies, academic institutions, trade and conservation groups, and members of the public.   
 
The BLM State Offices will assist the Washington Office in publicizing this Awards Program. A detailed description of the Awards Program is attached and should be distributed to the public and operators and posted in the Public Room as notice of the program.  By June 30, 2006, State Offices are requested to provide Jim Perry, at jim_perry@blm.gov the name of the BLM State Office fluid minerals contact for the Awards Program.
 
The State Offices will receive and process nominations under their jurisdiction, including verifying information that is submitted with a nomination and determining if a nominee is in compliance with all applicable regulations.  State Offices will forward all nominations to the Washington Office, Division of Fluid Minerals (WO-310) by October 30, 2006. The State Office will include a short statement of its findings with each nomination. Documents should be sent by Federal Express or United Parcel Service to:
U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
1620 L St., N.W., Room 1075
Attn: Jim Perry – Senior Natural Resource Specialist (WO-310)
Washington, DC   20036-5605
 
Additional information on environmental Best Management Practices may be obtained at: http://www.blm.gov/bmp  
 
Timeframe:   The following is a summary of timeframes and deadlines related to this IM, which is effective immediately.
  • June 30, 2006 - State Offices provide the fluid minerals contact for the awards program to Jim Perry, WO-310. 
  • August 1, 2006, to October 1, 2006 - State Offices accept nominations.
  • October 30, 2006 - State Offices forward all nominations to the Washington Office. 
  • 2007 National Fluid Minerals Conference (or alternative) – Presentation of awards.

Budget Impacts: The budget impact of this awards program is minimal.
 
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: No manual or handbook sections are affected.
 
Coordination: This Instruction Memorandum was coordinated with the U.S. Forest Service, Washington Office.
 
Contact:  Please address any questions related to this Instruction Memorandum to:  BLM - Jim Perry, Senior Natural Resource Specialist, Division of Minerals (WO-310), jim_perry@blm.gov , or by telephone at (202) 452-5063; US Forest Service - Tony Ferguson, Asst. Director, Minerals Geology Management, tferguson@fs.fed.us , or by telephone at (703) 605-4785 .
 
 
Signed by:                                                                   
Authenticated by:
Thomas P. Lonnie                                                        
Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                        
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
 
 
 
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