Spring 2007 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: Assessment of Oil and Gas Development on U.S. Public Lands
Instructor(s): Charles Groat
Course: P A 682B - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 63330
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
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Description: Concern about the steady growth in demand for oil and gas in the United States, increased imports, and increasing competition for global supplies has led to renewed interest in expanding the development of domestic supplies. Federal public lands hold the greatest potential for significant new discoveries and increased production, however access to these lands for energy development has been a controversial subject with environmental issues at the center of the debate. The Bush Administration has made increased access to onshore federal lands a priority and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) has provisions to examine impediments to oil and gas development on public lands, including an evaluation of current permitting and leasing processes.

This project will review current and proposed resource management plans, regulations, and policies for onshore Federal lands with the highest potential for new oil and gas discoveries, focusing on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. It will compare current leasing and permitting practices and rates with those of the past 15 years and assess the additions to oil and gas reserves that have resulted from past and current access practices. Information will be gathered from government agencies, environmental groups, and energy companies. Research will include some site visits in the western U.S. and Washington, DC. The project will produce a report for use by the Congressional Research Service and information for use in a workshop on domestic and global energy access issues.

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