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DOI/BLM RIN: 1004-AD90 Publication ID: Spring 2008 
Title: Oil Shale Leasing and Operations 
Abstract: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 envisions a 3-step approach to the development of oil shale resources. The first step is the creation of a limited Research, Development, and Demonstration (RDD) Leasing Program designed to evaluate and test promising oil shale technology. Step two in the process is the completion of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for leasing of Oil Shale and Tar Sands on public lands, with an emphasis on the most geologically prospective lands within the States of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The third step in the process is the creation of rules regulating the leasing and development of the oil shale. This rule would create the regulations necessary to develop converted RDD leases and make commercial exploration, leasing, and development possible. 
Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 43 CFR 3900   
Legal Authority: Sec. 369(d) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  08/25/2006  71 FR 50378   
ANPRM Comment Period End  09/25/2006    
Comment Period Extended  09/26/2006  71 FR 56085   
ANPRM Comment Period End  10/25/2006    
NPRM  06/00/2008    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Mitchell Leverette
Division Chief, Solid Minerals (WO-320)
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Room 2134 LM, 20 M Street SE,
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:202 912-7113
Fax:202 912-7199