Federal and state regulatory agencies manage and oversee the development of federal and Indian oil and gas resources by issuing rules and guidance, reviewing drilling applications, and inspecting wells to ensure compliance with environmental, safety, and other regulations. GAO was asked to review oversight of federal and Indian oil and gas resources. GAO recommends that, among other things, BLM ensure that its rules governing oil and gas development are consistent with technological advances, improve coordination of inspections with states, and improve the timeliness of revenue sharing agreement reviews. In commenting on a draft of this report, BLM agreed with GAO’s recommendations.
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