Bloomberg Law
May 29, 2020, 10:01 AM

Gas, Oil Drilling in National Forests May Expand Under Rule Plan

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

A proposed U.S. Forest Service rule stands to weaken a check on oil and gas development in national forests and possibly give the Interior Department more sway over land leasing decisions, legal analysts and conservationists say.

The rulemaking, announced in 2018, aims to align the Forest Service’s leasing practices with those of the Bureau of Land Management to speed up fossil fuel development in national forests and grasslands nationwide, including oil and gas-rich forests in Ohio, Mississippi, and Colorado.

The White House is reviewing a draft of the proposed rule, which will be published in June ...

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