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August 16, 2007

In Reply Refer To:
2800/3100 (300) P
Ref. IM No. 2007-021
Instruction Memorandum No. 2007-175
Expires: 09/30/2008
To:                   All Field Officials
From:               Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
Subject:            The Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Development Environmental Best Management Practices Awards Program DD: 12/01/2007
Program Areas: Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Operations
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to invite nominations of energy companies from September 1, 2007, to November 1, 2007,for the 2008 Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Development Environmental Best Management Practices (BMP) Awards Program.
Policy/Action: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites nominations from surface management agencies, the public, and the energy industry for the 2008 Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Development 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, Indian Trust, and Federal split estate 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 is as an important component of the BLM’s overall approach to ensure that energy development is conducted on its lands in an environmentally responsible manner. 
BMP Awards Program:  These awards will recognize one or more oil, gas, geophysical 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.  Environmental BMPs must have been put into use in 2006 or 2007.  
Nominations will be accepted from September 1, 2007, to November 1, 2007.  Nominations may originate from surface management agencies, or the public, or companies may self-nominate. The nominations will be screened by a nominations review panel.  The 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 (WO) in publicizing this Awards Program. Attachment 1 provides a detailed description of the Awards Program and should be distributed to the public and operators and posted in the Public Room as notice of the 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 Bryce Barlan in the WO Division of Fluid Minerals (WO-310) by December 1, 2007. 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 501
Attn: Bryce Barlan –Natural Resource Specialist (WO-310)
Washington, DC   20036-5605
Additional information on environmental BMPs 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.
  • September 1, 2007, to November 1, 2007 - State Offices accept nominations.
  • December 1, 2007 - State Offices forward all nominations to the WO. 
  • 2008 National Fluid Minerals Conference (or alternative conference) – Presentation of awards.
Budget Impacts: The budget impact of this Awards Program is minimal. 
Background: On June 22, 2004, the 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 BMPs 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 Awards Program. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: No manual or handbook sections are affected.
Coordination: This IM was coordinated with the U.S. Forest Service - WO.
Contact:  Please address any questions related to this IM to BLM – Bryce Barlan, Natural Resource Specialist, WO-310, bryce_barlan@blm.gov , or by telephone, at 202-452-5197;
U.S. Forest Service – Tracy Parker, Energy Minerals Program Manager, tparker03@fs.fed.us , or by telephone, at 703-605-4796.
Signed by:                                                                   
Authenticated by:
Michael D. Nedd                                                         
Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                        
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
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Last updated: 10-21-2009