The U.S. Forest Service is working to update its oil and gas leasing direction for the Little Missouri National Grassland, a document that hasn’t been updated since the Bakken oil boom was in its infancy.
Changes proposed in the draft supplemental environmental impact statement would only affect 216,300 acres that are available for leasing but currently not leased. Lands that are already leased by oil and gas companies would not be affected unless those leases expire.
The agency is considering three options:
• Continue leasing with the current stipulations.
• No new oil and gas leasing.
• Continue with leasing but with revised stipulations.
The third option, to add revised stipulations, is the agency’s preferred alternative.