Issues to Raise

Oil and gas production has various environmental effects throughout the life of a well from the initial exploration operations, construction of the roads and well pad, the drilling of the well, preparation for production, to the actual production of oil and gas. This chapter is a “toolbox” of issues to raise when you review BLM/FS resource management plans, and oil and gas leasing and production decisions. It is not necessary to bring up every issue. Focus on the ones that most concern you. Remember that the following issues can and should be raised at all phases of NEPA (initial scoping, EAs, draft EISs and final EISs) as well as all stages of oil and gas development (land use plan development, pre-leasing, full field development and APD approval).

Specific Issues to Raise:

Soils

Water 

Hazardous Waste

Plants and Wildlife

Archaeological and Historical Sites

Visual Quality

Air Quality

Special Concerns With Fracking