Integrating Adaptive Management and Oil and Gas Development: Existing Obstacles and Opportunities for Reform

17 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009 Last revised: 12 Apr 2015

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Melinda Benson

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Date Written: December 14, 2009

Abstract

Adaptive management is gaining influence with natural resource decisionmakers. Current laws and regulations in the United States, however, limit effective implementation of adaptive management. Wyoming’s Pinedale Anticline can be examined as a case study focusing on barriers to adaptive management in the context of oil and gas development in the United States. Beginning with a brief primer on adaptive management, this case study reveals how three legal structures – the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Mineral Leasing Act – are currently impeding effective utilization of adaptive management.

Keywords: adaptive management, Bureau of Land Management, energy development

JEL Classification: Q28, Q48, K32

Suggested Citation

Benson, Melinda, Integrating Adaptive Management and Oil and Gas Development: Existing Obstacles and Opportunities for Reform (December 14, 2009). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 39, No. 10, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1523374

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