Examining the Bureau of Land Management Public Lands Leasing

Hearing Date: March 23, 2016 9:00 am 2247 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:

  • To examine recent management of oil and gas lease sales by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

BACKGROUND:

  • The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA) gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to sell leases for the development of fossil fuels on federal lands.
  • Under the MLA, BLM is authorized to conduct competitive and noncompetitive leasing of lands for oil and gas production and exploration.
  • Recently, BLM has faced logistical and other challenges to its leasing process which may necessitate a change in how it conducts lease sales.

INVITED WITNESSES:

 The Honorable Neil Kornze        
Director
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of Interior

Witnesses and testimonies

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The Honorable Neil Kornze Director, Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of Interior Document

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