Refuge staff respect and understand these rights and work closely with oil and gas companies to try and minimize impacts to refuge habitat and wildlife. Through environmental laws, best management practices and improved technology, many of the detrimental effects of oil and gas activities have been reduced. Activities range from seismic surveys to drilling and production pipelines transiting refuge lands. An oil and gas specialist stationed at the refuge supervises all permitting requests related to oil and gas activities within the refuge.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service strives to provide balanced stewardship of public lands and natural resources, while respecting the rights of mineral owners.
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The ocelot is a small wild cat that is a management priority for the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Restoring and protecting habitat benefits this and many other species found in this biologically rich region.