Interior Could Do More to Account for and Manage Natural Gas Emissions

GAO was asked to review Interior’s management of natural gas emissions onshore. This report examines:

  1. The extent to which Interior can account for these emissions
  2. How BLM field offices have managed requests to vent or flare.

GAO analyzed Interior data, including a simple random sample of venting or flaring requests from fiscal year 2014, the most recent year for which data were available; reviewed Interior documents; and interviewed officials from a nongeneralizable sample of six BLM field offices selected based on increased natural gas emissions in recent years. GAO also interviewed operators with leases managed by two BLM field offices.

Related Files