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Bureau of Land Management
For Release: Friday, March 5, 2004

DOI Fluid Minerals Award Questions & Answers
IM2004-077 Ch 1 - The Fluid Minerals Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program; DD: 04/16/2004 (39KB PDF)
Reclamation and Sustainable Fluid Mineral Development Awards Program Attachment (58KB PDF)
Donnie Shaw
(202) 452-0382
Jeffrey Krauss
(202) 452-5127

BLM Requests Nominations for the 2004 Fluid Minerals
Reclamation and Sustainable Development Awards

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is requesting nominations for the inaugural 2004 Fluid Minerals Reclamation and Sustainable Minerals Development Awards. The awards program recognizes fluid mineral and geothermal development operations that practice the principles of sustainable development or represent outstanding examples of reclamation or environmental stewardship.

The BLM created these non-monetary awards to highlight some of the finest examples of responsible fluid mineral resource development. The award winners will illustrate sustainable development without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The awards program will also help to transfer successful ideas and practices from one place to additional locations throughout the nation.

“These awards recognize companies that make an extra effort to protect the environment when engaging in development on the public lands,” said BLM Deputy Director Jim Hughes. “Our agency looks forward to receiving nominations of operations that exemplify the very best in sustainable development practices.”

The two types of awards include the Fluid Mineral Environmental Award and the Fluid Mineral Award for Community Outreach and Economic Security.

  • The Fluid Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

  • The Fluid Mineral Award For Community Outreach and Economic Security recognizes efforts shown for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes the successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to the quality of life or demonstrate concern for the long-term health of the local community can be recognized in this category. Additionally, this award is also appropriate to recognize operators whose use of new or innovative techniques allow them to successfully operate in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.

Nominations for the awards may be submitted by oil and gas or geothermal companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the general public. Detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations, and can be found on the BLM Website All nomination forms for the 2004 awards program must be completed by April 16, 2004 and received by the BLM State Office (Attention: Fluid Minerals) with jurisdiction for the public lands in the state where the operation is located. Presentation of awards is scheduled for June 22, 2004 in Cheyenne, Wyoming in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management’s National Petroleum/Fluid Minerals Conference.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land -- 261 million surface acres -- than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.8 billion administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.