The Recommendations for Responsible Oil and Gas Development are based on our May 2008 symposium which featured expert land managers, scientists, and planners, and hunters and anglers who met in Wyoming to develop a framework for implementing responsible energy development across the West. This report is the product of that unprecedented event and outlines sportsmen’s recommendations for oil and gas development that provide for our energy needs without sacrificing our Western heritage.
What We Mean by Doing it Right
- Reaffirm multiple-use management of federal lands to sustain fish, wildlife and water resources by updating the leasing process to incorporate more comprehensive environmental analysis.
- Strengthen the process used to lease public lands and permit oil and gas development for the protection of fish, wildlife and water resources by allowing for more public and federal oversight of the leasing process and environmental management of the lands once they are leased.
- Implement new measures for monitoring the effects of oil and gas development and improve measures for federal oversight of the environmental impacts of drilling.
- Make comprehensive and thorough mitigation and reclamation of fish, wildlife and water resources a fixture in all leasing and development decisions. Establish a detailed strategy for wildlife protection and ensure that baseline goals are met.
- Repeal exemptions from the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act for oil and gas development and strengthen other laws to protect key fish, wildlife and water resources.
- Use current scientific information as the basis for all decisions in energy development that affect our fish, wildlife and water resources.
- Make industry accountable for the costs of oil and gas development on our public lands.