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The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) has become the major legal instrument for monitoring and litigating conflicts between oil and gas development, and other resource values on federal public lands. Courts have differed over whether the issuance of oil and gas leases triggers NEPA's environmental impact statement requirement. This Comment suggests that, while NEPA has some inherent limitations as a land use planning statute, courts can and should provide aggressive review of agency leasing decisions in order to effectuate NEPA's policies.

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