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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD33 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Oil and Gas Resource Revision 

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 revisions of the existing regulations clarify processes for leasing consent and surface use permitting decisions, improve consistency with Bureau of Land Management regulations, provide clear direction on oil and gas operators’ responsibility to protect natural resources and the environment, and update procedures to reflect existing agency practices and better reflect requirements of law. A proposed rule was published on 9/1/2020 (85 FR 46458) for a 60-day comment period. This rule will meet the Administration's priority to improve service delivery, customer experience, and reduce administrative burdens for those accessing public benefits and services.

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 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 228 subpart E   
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
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  08/00/2024 
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:
Kristen Grifka
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:771 216-0542