Press Release

Biden admin releases its final Oil and Gas Rule for public lands, TWS applauds long-overdue updates

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BLM Oil and Gas Rule is an important step towards taking a more holistic conservation and community-centric approach to managing public lands

Today, the Bureau of Land Management released its final Oil and Gas Rule to reform the federal leasing program and better align oil and gas decisions on public lands with ecosystem and community health needs.  

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement about the agency’s final rule:   

“BLM’s final rule is a big step forward for the woefully outdated oil and gas program on public lands. This program has long prioritized fossil fuel companies’ profits at the expense of our communities’ air, water and health, and the Biden administration is injecting some much-needed balance into public lands management,” said Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society. “By finalizing the Oil and Gas Rule, the administration is securing one of several agency efforts that, together, can make public lands part of the solution to our biggest conservation and climate challenges. Public lands and the communities that love them got a win today.”

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