BLM Requests Nominations for the 2004 Fluid
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
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
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 at:www.blm.gov. 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