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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Big South Fork and Obed Oil and Gas Management Plan Summary Now Available

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Date: November 9, 2012
Contact: Tom Blount, 423-569-9778

The National Park Service announces the availability of a summary document for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River Final Non-Federal Oil and Gas Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Plan).  

The purpose of the Plan was to analyze alternative approaches, clearly define a strategy, and provide guidance to ensure that oil and gas activities are conducted in a manner that protects resources and values, visitor use and experience, and human health and safety. On September 5, 2012, the Southeast Regional Director approved the Record of Decision for the Plan which identifies Alternative C as the selected action. This alternative includes proactive enforcement of the National Park Service regulations pertaining to non-federal oil and gas operations (9B Regulations) and existing plans of operations, clear communication with the public and operators about current legal and policy requirements, increased inspections and monitoring, a "New Management Framework" for efficiently completing compliance processes for plugging and reclamation, and the establishment of "Special Management Areas" to provide protection to park resources and values that are particularly susceptible to adverse impacts from oil and gas development.

The National Park Service has developed a short summary document of the selected action outlining the details of the Plan and specific requirements for oil and gas operators at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River.


The Record of Decision and the summary document are available electronically at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/biso_obri_ogmp_rod, or printed copies may be requested by mail or phone by contacting:
 Superintendent
 Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and Obed Wild & Scenic River
 4564 Leatherwood Road
 Oneida, Tennessee 37841
 (423) 569-9778

For additional information, contact Tom Blount, Chief of Resource Management at (423) 569-2404, ext. 252.

 

Did You Know?

Cumberland sandwort

Cumberland sandwort is one of several species of threatened and endangered plants found throughout Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cumberland sandwort only grows in the dry sandy soils of certain rockshelters found in and around Big South Fork.