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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD33 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Oil and Gas Resource Revision 
Abstract:

The Forest Service plays a role in the leasing and development of Federally owned oil and natural gas found on National Forest System lands in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Updating the regulations would afford an opportunity to modernize and streamline analytical and procedural requirements and help provide a more consistent approach to oil and gas management across the National Forest System. The potential changes to the existing regulation permitting sections include eliminating language that is redundant with the National Environmental Policy Act process, removing confusing options, and ensuring better alignment with the BLM regulations. The intent of these potential changes would be to decrease permitting times by removing regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production across the National Forest System. A proposed rule was published on 9/1/2020 (85 FR 46458) for a 60-day comment period.

 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 228(E)     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 612    30 U.S.C. 181    30 U.S.C. 351    30 U.S.C. 21    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  09/13/2018  83 FR 46458   
ANPRM Comment Period End  10/15/2018 
NPRM  09/01/2020  85 FR 54311   
Comment Period End  11/02/2020 
Final Rule  08/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ann Goode
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 740-6286
Email: ann.goode@usda.gov