Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, "administers 261 million surface acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States. The BLM sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations."
Federal coal leasing
For more details, see the article Federal coal leasing.
The Bureau of Land Management controls about a third of U.S. coal reserves, administered through the federal coal leasing program. Federal coal is concentrated mainly west of the Mississippi. Most of the coal leased in the key Powder River Basin is federally owned. The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947, as amended, give the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) responsibility for coal leasing on about 570 million acres of BLM, national forest and other Federal lands, as well as private lands where the mineral rights have been retained by the Federal Government. The BLM is charged with assuing that the development of coal resources is done in an environmentally sound manner and is in the best interests of the Nation.
Regulations that govern the BLM's coal leasing program are in Title 43, Groups 3000 and 3400 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFR is also available on-line from the Government Printing Office (www.access.gpo.gov).
- James M. Hughes, Director (Acting - July 2007)
- Henri Bisson, Deputy Director
- James M. Hughes, Deputy Director
- Luke Johnson, Chief of Staff
- Ron Huntsinger, Natural Resources Sciences Coordinator
- Kathleen B. Clarke, Former Director
- Instruction Memorandum: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance for Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Development, Bureau of Land Management, September 30, 2005.
BLM Office of Public Affairs
1849 C Street, Room 406-LS
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: (202) 452-5125
Fax: (202) 452-5124
- Energy Policy Act of 2005
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Healthy Forests Initiative
- National Energy Policy
- oil industry
- "Audit Rips Federal Land Trades, Groups Call For Ouster Of Top BLM Appraiser," Sierra Times (WLXP/PEER), December 3, 2001.
- Michael Grunwald and Juliet Eilperin, "U.S. Ignored Appraisers In Land Deal With Utah. BLM Experts Called Swap A $100 Million Giveaway," Washington Post, August 19, 2002.
- "Norton Ordered to Probe Utah Land Swap. House Set to Take Up Bill Approving San Rafael Swell Deal as Interior Dept. IG Opens Investigation," Washington Post, October 1, 2002.
- "Justice Department informed of Utah land swap issue," Associated Press (Billings Gazette), December 2, 2003.
- "BLM Head Reasserts Priority on Energy Development," Red Nova, August 26, 2005.
- News Release: "BLM Director Urged Ranchers to Sue Her Agency. Kathleen Clarke Tried to Block Award of Grazing Permit to Grand Canyon Trust," PEER (Common Dreams), August 29, 2005.
- Bob Whitson, "Kathleen Clarke Tried to Block Award of Grazing Permit to Grand Canyon Trust," Howling At A Waning Moon, August 29, 2005.
- Jennifer Talhelm, "Investigation of BLM chief sought," Deseret News, August 30, 2005.
- "Bush taking aggressive measures to drill for oil. Local residents will no longer be consulted every time wells are proposed," Associated Press (MSNBC), October 18, 2005.
- John Heilprin, "BLM bypasses drilling studies," Associated Press (Casper Star Tribune), October 21, 2005.