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Eastern States Office of External Affairs
Release Date: 04/17/13
Contacts: Shayne Banks , (601) 977-5405 ,

BLM and Forest Service to Host Open House about Oil and Gas Leasing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The National Forests in Alabama and the Southeastern States Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invite the public to an open house to learn more about the development and processing of oil and gas on national forest system lands.  The event is scheduled for April 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Gateway Park Lodge, 3800 Davenport Drive, Montgomery, Ala., 36105.


The planned open house will focus on various aspects of oil and gas leasing and development on the National Forests in Alabama. Discussion topics will include the history of development; regulatory and permitting drilling processes; National Environmental Policy Act requirements (NEPA); drilling methods; and post-lease monitoring. The informal format of the event will allow people to drop by at any time during the three-hour period to visit information stations and ask questions.


Additional information about the meeting will be available at

National forests are managed for a broad range of multiple uses, from wilderness protection to recreation to timber management and resource development. The Forest Service manages national forest mineral resources and BLM oversees drilling activities. The agencies also work with stakeholders and other members of the public to balance conservation and resource needs. 

The Forest Service develops land use plans, with significant public input, that determine if and where leasing activities are appropriate. If interest in leasing exists and the land meets the leasing criteria in the Forest Plan, the Forest Service gives consent for leasing to the BLM. The BLM manages the leasing process and issues the lease. The two agencies work together to administer the lease once the lease is issued.

Experts from both agencies, as well as state agencies, will be available at the open house to discuss these processes and answer questions.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 04-17-2013