Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Research to Improve Access to Public Lands for Oil and Gas Operations Interagency
The goal is to conduct research that will improve access to public lands for
oil and gas exploration and development.
Bureau of Land Management
Research is continuing, and a number of final reports are expected before yearend.
Research under this program is expected to better BLM's performance with respect
to oil and gas leasing, National Environmental Policy Act functions, and land
management responsibilities. It also is expected to improve access to oil and
gas resources, with responsible environmental protection, as part of the National
One of the biggest hurdles to increasing America's onshore oil and gas production
is the welter of permitting roadblocks involving environmental issues on federal
lands. A comprehensive research effort is needed to resolve some permitting
issues in key oil and gas producing issues, especially in the Western states.
The scope of work consists of the following tasks:
- Develop a Model to Assess the Impacts of Coalbed Methane Development On
Wildlife Habitat In the Powder River Basin, WY.
- Oil and Gas/GIS Database and Analytical Programs, Wyoming State Office Reservoir
- Wyoming Mountain Plover Study.
- Site Evaluation for Disposal of Coalbed Methane Produced Water.
- Reducing Visual Impacts of Oil and Gas Development.
- Developing a Web-Based Decision Support System for the Land Use Planning
- Soil Recovery Timeframes from Disturbance Resulting from Geophysical Exploration
in Southeast Utah.
- Oil and Gas Road Drainage Design Standards in Highly Erosive Soils in the
- Research projects still in progress or completed are shown in the accompanying
Current Status (July 2005)
Most of the research will be completed by the end of 2005. A few projects were
combined with other approved projects in order to provide a more comprehensive
This project was selected as part of an Interagency Agreement through a Memorandum
of Understanding between DOE and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Federal
Lands Technical Partnership.
Road-Related Erosion Issues on Bureau of Land Management-Administered Lands
in Northwestern New Mexico.
Ammonia Emission Inventory for the State of Wyoming.
Environmental Policy and Regulatory Constraints to Natural Gas Production.
Newspaper and magazine articles in the New York Times, Denver Post, Audubon
Magazine, Casper Tribune, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), Land Letter (Washington,
D.C.), Sage Sense, Wyoming Wildlife Magazine.
Project Start: August 14, 2001
Project End: September 13, 2005
Anticipated DOE Contribution: $1,000,000
Performer Contribution: $350,000 (26% of total)
Other Government Organizations Involved
Alaska Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
New Mexico State University
University of Montana
NETL - John Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-699-2061)
BLM - Robert Fields (Robert_Fields@blm.gov or 303-236-0721)
Sage grouse hen at nest.
Land application of CBM produced water in the Powder River