Revision of 9B Regulations Governing Nonfederal Oil and Gas Activities
NPS is evaluating alternatives for revising 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart B (the "9B regulations") that governs nonfederal oil and gas development within the boundaries of units of the National Park System. The current regulations have been in effect for over thirty years and have not been substantively updated during that period. NPS is preparing an environment impact statement (EIS) to assess potential environmental impacts associated with a range of reasonable alternatives for regulating nonfederal oil and gas development impacts on park resources such as threatened and endangered species, soils, vegetation, wetlands, wildlife, and cultural resources. Effects on oil and gas operators, visitor experience and public safety, adjacent lands and park operations will also be analyzed.
Edward Kassman, Jr.
Project Manager - Rulemaking
Geologic Resources Division - NPS
Michael B. Edwards
Project Manager - EIS
Environmental Quality Division - NPS