Bureau of Land Management Proposes Rule on Oil/Gas Production on Federal Land

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by Samuel B. Boxerman, Sidley Austin LLP
with Ben Tannen, Sidley Austin LLP

On January 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Interior’s (“DOI”) Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a proposed rule governing oil and natural gas production on onshore Federal and Tribal lands. Bureau of Land Management, Pre-Publication Proposed Rule, Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation (Jan. 22, 2016) (“Proposed Rule”). Coming on the heels of U.S. EPA’s proposed regulation of emissions from certain new and modified oil and gas sources, the BLM proposal represents a further expansion of the federal government’s regulation of the oil and gas business.   Continue reading “Bureau of Land Management Proposes Rule on Oil/Gas Production on Federal Land”