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Nov. 9, 2006
Contacts: Alan Kesterke, 307-775-6001
Jaime Gardner, 303-239-3681
David Boyd, 970-947-2832

BLM to Host Listening Sessions on Progress of Oil and Gas Pilot Program

The Bureau of Land Management will hold two public listening sessions in Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, to hear views and ideas on implementation of the Pilot Project to improve Federal oil and gas permit coordination. The listening sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the progress made during the first year of the project.

Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 directs the Interior Department to establish Pilot Project Offices in seven BLM Field Offices, including Grand Junction/Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Pilot Offices are developing and testing innovative ways to coordinate the efforts of various Federal agencies responsible for reviewing Applications for Permits to Drill (APDs) for oil and natural gas on BLM-managed public lands.

“These sessions will provide an opportunity to hear perspectives on our progress in improving APD processing and inspection and enforcement activities on permitted operations,” said BLM Colorado State Director Sally Wisely. “We want to know how well the public feels we’re doing with this effort to meet the nation’s energy needs while also practicing good stewardship and requiring operators to do the same.”

The sessions scheduled for Nov.14 will be held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. The first session will be held from 2-4 p.m. MST, with a second session in the evening from 6-8 p.m. MST. The hotel is located at 3801 Quebec Street; Denver, Colo. 80207.

The Energy Policy Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to report to Congress by August 2008 on the results of the Pilot Project and make recommendations to the President regarding whether the project should be implemented throughout the U.S. Information gathered at the listening sessions will be useful as implementation proceeds in current Pilot Offices and for use in the later report and recommendation.

The listening sessions will begin with an overview of progress to date on the project. Participants who request to speak will then be given a set amount of time to provide their comments.

In addition to the Pilot Office in Glenwood Springs, other Pilot Offices are located in Rawlins and Buffalo, Wyo.; Miles City, Mont.; Farmington and Carlsbad, New Mexico; and Vernal, Utah.


Last updated: 03-03-2007