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Survey & Analysis of Impacts of Regulations & Federal Agency Actions on Oil & Gas Activities on Federal Lands

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Survey and Memo from HBW Resources

HBW Resources performed the following proposed scope of work in response to discussions with Bipartisan Policy Center staff about the need for data and analysis on the impacts of ongoing reform efforts on oil and gas activities like permitting. This includes a survey of oil and gas producers, service companies and environmental consulting firms, an analysis of the results of those surveys and policy recommendations based on the survey results.


In recent years, the Federal Government’s land management agencies have made a number of reforms to their processes for oil and gas leasing and permitting activities on federal lands (which for the purpose of this report will include both onshore and offshore leases held by the federal government).

In 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the majority of oil and gas activities on federal Lands, initiated an “Energy Management Reform” process to “better manage Americans’ energy resources.”

In addition, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Department of the Interior made numerous changes impacting the leasing and permitting of offshore oil and gas operations, including the reorganization that separated the Minerals Management Service into the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and created a new and independent Office of Natural Resource Revenue.

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