National Wildlife Refuges : opportunities to improve the management and oversight of oil and gas activities on federal lands: report to congressional requesters

This report describes the extent of oil and gas activity on refuges, identifies the environmental effects, and assesses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s management and oversight of oil and gas activities. About one-quarter, or 155, of the 575 refuges, have past or current oil and gas activities, some dating to at least the 1920s. Available studies, anecdotal information, and observations show that the environmental effects of oil and gas activities and the associated construction, operation, and maintenance of the infrastructure on wildlife and habitat vary in severity, duration, and visibility. Greater attention to oil and gas activities by the Fish and Wildlife Service would increase its understanding of associated environmental effects and contribute to more consistent use of practices and technologies that protect refuge resources.

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Maintainer Brent Frakes
Last Updated July 26, 2019, 08:06 (CDT)
Created July 26, 2019, 08:06 (CDT)
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