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As part of its commitment to conserve America's wildlife legacy for the benefit of all Americans, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 finalized a rule governing the management of non-federal oil and gas development on National Wildlife Refuge System lands. The revisions to the 50-year-old regulations allow for the continued responsible extraction of oil and gas, but require closer adherence to industry best management practices. These practices help curb the potentially hazardous abandonment of infrastructure and on-refuge disposal of debris.
Download a copy of the final rule.