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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office.

Title Oil and gas bonds [electronic resource] : BLM needs a comprehensive strategy to better manage potential oil and gas well liability : report to congressional requesters.

Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2011]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-11-292    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (ii, 53 p.) : ill., map
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Note Title from cover screen (viewed Feb. 28, 2011).
"February 2011."
Summary The number of oil and gas wells on leased federal land has increased dramatically. To help manage the environmental impacts of these wells, the Department of the Interior's (Interior) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requires oil and gas operators to reclaim disturbed land in a manner it prescribes. To help ensure operators reclaim leased land, BLM requires them to provide a bond before beginning drilling operations. BLM refers to oil and gas wells and leased land that will require reclamation as potential liabilities because BLM may have to pay for reclamation if the operators fail to do so. GAO was asked to determine (1) BLM's policies for managing potential federal oil and gas well liability, (2) the extent to which BLM has implemented these policies, and (3) the challenges, if any, BLM faces in managing potential oil and gas well liability. GAO analyzed agency data on bonding and wells and interviewed BLM officials. We surveyed all 48 BLM field offices with an oil and gas program, and received 33 responses covering these offices. GAO recommends that BLM develop a comprehensive strategy to, among other things, increase minimum bond amounts over time and improve its data system to better evaluate potential liability and agency performance. In commenting on a draft of this report BLM agreed with GAO's recommendations and noted that it has already taken steps to improve the completeness and accuracy of its oil and gas data.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note "GAO-11-292."
Subject United States. Bureau of Land Management -- Rules and practice -- Evaluation.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Public lands -- United States.
Oil and gas leases -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Reclamation of land -- United States -- Finance.
Added Author Mittal, Anu K.
Added Title Oil and gas bonds : Bureau of Land Management needs a comprehensive strategy to better manage potential oil and gas well liability
BLM needs a comprehensive strategy to better manage potential oil and gas well liability
Running Title BLM oil and gas liabilities
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-11-292

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