From our partners at West Virginia Rivers Coalition
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), within the U.S. Department of Interior, decides oil and gas leasing rules on all national public lands. The Monongahela National Forest and the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve depend on BLM rules to ensure our national public lands are managed wisely.
BLM has not revised the oil and gas leasing rules for more than 60 years! During that time, the costs to process applications and the true costs for remediation and capping abandoned wells have not kept up with inflation. Companies have taken the profits, and taxpayers have been stuck with the clean-up costs. The BLM is currently spending $250 million in taxpayer funds to clean up abandoned wells. This simply isn’t fair.
The good news is the BLM has proposed comprehensive new rules to help assure that the companies pay the true clean-up costs. These proposed modernized rules:
Please tell the BLM that you support modernizing our oil and gas leasing program on public lands and strengthen the rule even more to protect our rivers, climate, and health.
WV Rivers has an easy way to send a comment here!
Together, we can conserve our national public lands and help ensure oil and gas companies are responsible for cleaning up their messes.