Energy Policy Act of 2005: Section by Section

As manager of more public land than any other Federal agency, the Bureau of Land Management has a key role in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  The BLM's management of more than 245 million surface acres and 700 million sub-surface acres of mineral estate provides for multiple uses of the land, including energy development.  Sections of the Energy Policy Act that pertain to the BLM are listed below, with links to recent actions and related documents.


Key BLM Actions Related to the Energy Policy Act of 2005

Link to transcripts

Section
of the Act

Brief Description

Recent Action

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Renewable Energy (non-hydropower)

Wind Energy: 

Federal Wind Siting Information Center 

Wind Energy Programmatic EIS website

Solar Energy: 

Solar Energy Programmatic EIS website

Solar Energy Systems

BLM News Release - Final Approval of Wind Energy Project in Idaho (August 15, 2006)

Wind Energy Record of Decision Signed (PDF)
DOI News Release (December 15, 2005) 

BLM News Release - Final programmatic EIS on wind energy released (June 21, 2005)


BLM News Release - BLM Initiates Environmental Analysis of Solar Energy Development (May 29, 2008)

IM 2006-216, Wind Energy Development Policy

BLM News Release - Policy Encourages Solar Energy Development on Public Lands (April 11, 2007)

IM 2007-097, Solar Energy Development Policy

221-237

Geothermal

Project Website: Geothermal Programmatic PEIS 

VIEW or download Draft Geothermal PEIS (open for comment through Sept. 11, 2008)

BLM News Release - Plan for Promoting Efficient, Responsible Geothermal Energy Devleopment on Federal Lands Open for Comment (June 13, 2008)

BLM News Release - CA-NV Competitive Lease Sale Signals Trend in Renewable Energy; Implements Energy Policy Act (August 14, 2007)

Results of First Competitive Geothermal Lease Sale under the Energy Policy Act - BLM-Utah and BLM-Idaho (June 20, 2007)

BLM News Release - New Effort to Analyze Areas for Geothermal Energy Development (June 13, 2007)

DOI News Release - Interior Program Encourages Greater Development of Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands (May 1, 2007)

New Regulations for Leasing Geothermal Resources on Federal Lands, Federal Register (May 2, 2007)


MMS Federal Register Notice: Royalty Management--Geothermal Resources; and Minerals Management--Oil (July 21, 2006)

BLM MOU WO-300-2006-08: Memorandum of Understanding between United States Department of the Interior and United States Department of Agriculture - Implementation of Section 225 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 regarding Geothermal Leasing and Permitting (159kb PDF)

241

Hydropower

DOI News Release - Federal Agencies Announce New Hydropower Rules to Ensure Consideration of Environmental and Economic Values The rules meet requirements of the 2005 Energy Policy Act (November 16, 2005)

331

Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 2 Transfer to DOI

BLM-California News Release - BLM is New Manager of NPR-2 (August 10, 2005)

Federal Register Notice of Intent to amend land use plans (September 26, 2005)

347Oil & Gas Leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

BLM Alaska News Release - Rules for Oil & Gas Leasing in NPR-A Proposed (May 22, 2007)

Federal Register Notice containing Proposed Rule

348

North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)

Project website: www.northslope.org

Federal Register Notice calling for nominations to the Advisory Panel (September 12, 2005)

350

Tar Sands

Federal Register - Final Rule (May 18, 2006)

Federal Register - Interim Rule (October 7, 2005)

352

Acreage Limitations

Federal Register Notice - Oil and Gas Lease Acreage Limitation Exemptions and Reinstatement of Oil and Gas Leases (March 24, 2006)

BLM News Release - BLM Issues Oil and Gas Regulatory Changes Affecting Lease Acreage Limits and Lease Reinstatements (March 24, 2006)

353

Gas Hydrate Production

Gas Hydrate Production Statement (August 4, 2006, 17kb PDF)

Federal Register Notice - Gas Hydrate Production Incentives (March 8, 2006)

BLM News Release - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (March 8, 2006)

354

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Injection

Carbon Dioxide Injection Statement (August 4, 2006, 17kb PDF)

Federal Register Notice - Enhanced Oil and Natural Gas Production Through Carbon Dioxide Injection (March 8, 2006)

BLM News Release - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (March 8, 2006)

362/363

Oil and Gas Leasing

Leasing Onshore Federal Oil & Gas Resources

Related BLM Instruction Memoranda (IMs):

  • IM 2006-206, Bonding Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations (August 3, 2006)
  • IM 2006-071, Oil and Gas, Geothermal and Geophysical ROW Approval Process Improvements (January 19, 2006)
  • IM 2005-069, Offsite Compensatory Mitigation Guidelines (February 1, 2005)

BLM MOU WO-300-2006-07: Memorandum of Understanding between United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management and United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service concerning Oil and Gas Leasing and Operations (322kb PDF; April 5, 2006)

Release of New ‘Gold Book’ – Oil & Gas Operators Guide (October 2005)

364

Estimates of Onshore Federal Oil and Gas Resources

BLM News Release - Report Offers Road Map for Energy Relief  (May 20, 2008)

Project Webpage- EPCA III 

365

Oil and Gas Pilot Offices

Interim Report on Implementation of Pilot Program (February 2008)

Federal Register Notice - BLM Sets Listening Session on Progress of Pilot Program (64kb PDF)

BLM MOU WO-300-2006-06: Memorandum of Understanding - Implementation of Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Pilot Project to Improve Federal Permit Coordination (157kb PDF)

DOI News Release - Federal Agencies Agree to Improve Interagency Coordination of Oil and Gas Development on Public Lands: The MOU responds to provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (October 25, 2005)

366

APD Processing Time Frames

Onshore Oil & Gas Order No. 1 Information Page

BLM Instruction Memorandum - IM 2007-115, APD Processing in Accordance with Onshore Order #1 (May 2, 2007)

BLM News Release - Final Update of Federal Oil and Gas Regulations Will Improve Energy Development on Public Lands (March 7, 2007)

Federal Register Notice - Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (March 7, 2007)

BLM News Release - Additional Proposed Changes to Federal Oil and Gas Regulations Would Improve Energy Development on Public Lands (March 13, 2006)

BLM Instruction Memorandum - IM 2005-235, Interim Guidance for Process Time Line - Permitting Oil and Gas Operations on Federal and Indian Leases (September 13, 2005)

367

Right-of-Way (ROW) Rental Fees

BLM News Release - Proposed Changes to Rental Fees Would Better Reflect Fair Market Value (December 11, 2007)

Federal Register Notice - Proposed Rule to Update Linear ROW Rent Schedule (December 11, 2007)

BLM News Release - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (April 27, 2006)

Federal Register Notice - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (April 27, 2006)

368

Joint Designation of Energy Transport Corridors

Project website: West-Wide Energy Corridor Programmatic EIS Information Center

BLM News Release - Agencies Publish Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Energy Transport Corridor Designations in 11 Western States (November 8, 2007)

BLM News Release - Agencies Decide on Additional Time for Draft PEIS (December 19, 2006)

BLM News Release - Federal Agencies Release Preliminary Map of Potential Energy Corridors on Federal Lands in the West (June 9, 2006)

MOU Between Depts. of Energy, Defense, Agriculture and Interior (February 2006, 472kb PDF)

Federal Register Notice of Intent (September 28, 2005, PDF)

369(c)

Oil Shale Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Leasing

Timeline of Oil Shale RD&D Program (2004-present)

BLM-Utah News Release - Interior Department Issues Oil Shale RD&D Lease for Public Lands in Utah (June 28, 2007)

BLM News Release - Interior Department Approves Restart of Oil Shale Development on Public Lands in Utah (April 30, 2007)

BLM News Release - Interior Department Issues Oil Shale RD&D Leases for Public Lands in Colorado (December 15, 2006)

DOI News Release - Interior Department Announces Approval of Oil Shale Projects on Public Lands in Colorado (November 13, 2006)

Preliminary EA for RD&D proposal on public lands in Utah (Vernal Field Office)

BLM-Colorado News Release - BLM Seeks Public Comment on Oil Shale RD&D EAs (August 15, 2006)

Preliminary EAs for RD&D proposals on public lands in Colorado (White River Field Office)

BLM News Release - BLM Announces Results of Review of Oil Shale Research Nominations (January 17, 2006)

BLM News Release - Nominations for Oil Shale Research Leases Demonstrate Significant Interest in Advancing Energy Technology (September 20, 2005)

369(d)(1)

Oil Shale & Tar Sands Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

Timeline of Programmatic EIS for Oil Shale & Tar Sands Leasing (2005-present)

Project Website: Oil Shale & Tar Sands Programmatic EIS Information Center - includes form for submitting comments electronically

 

Federal Register Notice - Reopening of the Comment Period on Draft PEIS (April 1, 2008)

BLM News Release - Additional Time for Comment on Draft PEIS (March 20, 2008)

BLM News Release - Open House Public Meetings Set for Draft PEIS (January 25, 2008)

BLM News Release - Draft PEIS for Oil Shale & Tar Sands Development Published (December 20, 2007)

VIEW/Download Draft PEIS
SUBMIT a comment online

Federal Register Notice of Intent - for Programmatic EIS (December 13, 2005) (PDF)

369(d)(2)

Oil Shale & Tar Sands Rulemaking

Timeline for Rulemaking on Commercial Leasing (proposed)

Federal Register Notice - Re-Opening of Public Comment (September 26, 2006)

BLM News Release - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Commercial Oil Shale Leasing (August 25, 2006)

Federal Register Notice - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (August 25, 2006)

371

Oil and Gas Lease Reinstatement

Federal Register Notice - Oil and Gas Lease Acreage Limitation Exemptions and Reinstatement of Oil and Gas Leases (March 24, 2006)

BLM News Release - BLM Issues Oil and Gas Regulatory Changes Affecting Lease Acreage Limits and Lease Reinstatements (March 24, 2006)

IM 2006-026:  Implementation of Section 371(a), Energy Policy Act of 2005: Reinstatement of oil & gas leases (October 21, 2005)

390

Oil and Gas NEPA Review (Categorical Exclusions)

IM 2005-247:  National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance for Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Development: NEPA review and categorical exclusions (September 30, 2005)

432

Repeal of the 160-Acre Limitation for Coal Leases

IM 2006-004:  Interim Guidance for Implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 [P.L. 109-58] for Federal Coal Leasing: Coal lease modifications (September 30, 2005)

437Inventory of Federal Coal Resources

BLM News Release - New Report Details Coal Resources on Federal Land in Powder River Basin (September 5, 2007)

Inventory Report online

1211(c)Electric Reliability Standards - Access Approvals by Federal Agencies

Vegetation Treatment Programmatic EIS and Environmental Report - project website (updated June 29, 2007) 

MOU on Vegetation Management Near Electric Utility Facilities (May 2006, 530kb PDF)

1221(b)

Reports to Congress on Corridors and Electric Transmission Rights-of-Way on Federal Lands

MOU on Siting Electric Transmission Facilities (August 2006, 5MB PDF)

Interagency Report Transmitted to Congress (November 7, 2005, 240kb PDF)

1811Coal Bed Methane Study - National Academy of Sciences

Transcripts from Denver workshop
  April 8, 2008 (924kb PDF)
  April 9, 2008 (261kb PDF)

1835

Split Estate Federal Oil and Gas Leasing and Development Practices

Split Estate webpage

BLM News Release - BLM to Hold Listening Session in Washington on Split Estate Issues (March 2, 2006)

BLM News Release - BLM Sets Listening Sessions on Split Estate Issues (February 15, 2006)

BLM News Release - BLM Explores Split Estate Issues and Seeks Recommendations (December 22, 2005)

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