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Energy Policy Act Section 390 Categorical Exclusions for Oil & Gas Activities

Letter of September 1, 2011:
Adjusted Use of Section 390 Categorical Exclusions for Oil and Gas due to Western Energy Alliance v. Salazar

Letter of June 9, 2010:

Policy letter that accompanied Guidance 390 (below)

Guidance for Section 390:
Guidance on the five categories of exclusion under the Act. Application and use of NEPA, appeal regulations, and Forest Service manual guidance.

Links of Interest

Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 1 - Approval of Operations on Onshore Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases (36 CFR 228 Subpart E)

BLM Best Management Practices: Link to the Bureau of Land Management's Best Management Practices Web Page, and the 2005Edition of the "Goldbook" Surface Operating Standards and Guidelines for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management: The purpose of this MOU is to establish joint BLM and Forest Service policies and procedures for managing oil and gas leasing and operational activities.

Notice of Intent and Authorization to Conduct Oil & Gas Geophysical Exploration Operations: Joint BLM and Forest Service Form (BLM Form 3150-4, FS Form 2800-16, Expires July 31, 2015).

Notice of Completion of Oil & Gas Geophysical Exploration Operations: Joint BLM and Forest Service Form (BLM Form 3150-5, FS Form 2800-16a, Expires July 31, 2015).

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