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The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service Participates with the Bureau of Land Management concerning the Energy Bill in New Mexico, March 30, 2006
Southwest Region, March 30, 2006
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The Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) visited several western states in March to publicize their part of the Energy Bill at BLM offices.  On March 29 in Albuquerque, the Director from the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Director from the Bureau of Land Management met with the Forest Service and other agencies, to discuss the Energy Bill.  Several agencies will participate in activities with the BLM, including stationing their employees in BLM offices.

On March 30, the Directors, and other BLM employees from the Washington D.C. office and NM State Office, met with employees of the BLM in Carlsbad, NM, to discuss the relationships between the agencies and gather information on the progress of the pilot project that is outlined in the Energy Bill.  Section 365 of the Bill establishes a Federal Permit Streamlining Project in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico to provide the BLM expertise from various agencies for regulatory issues associated with energy development.  The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) voiced his support for Service positions in BLM offices and cooperative actions.  The project includes positions for the Service at BLM offices including Farmington and Carlsbad, NM addressing energy issues, with emphasis upon oil and gas activities. 

After the employee meeting, the FWS and BLM met to discuss specific progress toward satisfying the requirements of the project that involves new positions for BLM and other agencies within the BLM Carlsbad Field Office.  The Directors then met with the media followed by a luncheon with oil and gas representatives.   

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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