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Department of the Interior Releases Semiannual Statement of Regulatory Priorities

The Department of the Interior has released its Statement of Regulatory Priorities, a subsection of which highlights the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s priorities on energy issues including hydraulic fracturing.  BLM’s stated highest regulatory priorities include revising antiquated hydraulic fracturing regulations, preventing waste of produced oil and gas, and ensuring a fair return to the American taxpayer for oil shale development.  BLM’s stated priorities also address solar and wind energy projects and the management of waste mine methane.  The current regulatory agenda of the Department is also publicly available.