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Who is responsible for monitoring the issues associated with hydraulic fracturing and protecting our environment?

The states regulate many aspects of oil and gas exploration and production. Federal land managers, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have some oil and gas oversight of the lands they manage, including conducting environmental impact studies under the National Environmental Policy Act.  The BLM has additional responsibility for enforcing environmental protections built into lease terms on federal land, primarily in the western United States, and USFS lands nationwide. Plus, the USFWS has responsibilities to protect some classes of plants and animals through the Endangered Species Act

The USGS role is to provide science research results that help improve management options and decisions.

 

 

Learn more:

Visit the USGS Energy Resources Program main hydraulic fracturing page.

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