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BLM updates oil, gas drilling policies on federal land

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday introduced a policy designed to "simplify and streamline the leasing process" for oil and natural gas development on federal land by easing "unnecessary impediments and burdens." The changes include shortening protest periods to 10 days, requiring processing of proposed lease sales within 60 days and eliminating an Obama-era policy that allowed other land users, such as anglers and hunters, to oppose lease sales.

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