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Abstract: Oil and Gas Drilling and Operations in Cave and Karst Areas: Background and Development of a BLM Approach

James R. Goodbar

Karst lands pose a unique set of problems for the oil and gas industry, as well as for the cave and karst environments. Since 1987, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been working with the oil and gas industry to develop acceptable practices for drilling and operation in karst lands. The mutual goal of industry and of the BLM is to minimize the potential of encountering those problems and reduce the extent of the problems, if they are encountered. BLM's approach is described in their "Draft Guide for Oil and Gas Drilling and Operations in Cave and Karst Areas." This paper discusses the background and development of this guide with an emphasis on the conflict resolution approach of the BLM.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90980©1994 AAPG Southwest Section Meeting, Ruidoso, New Mexico, April 24-26, 1994