ONEIDA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The National Park Service released its final plan for regulating and managing privately owned oil and gas operations in the two national park units.
The latest version offers responses to comments regarding the draft plan, which was available for review around this time last year, the agency said.
“We are pleased to be at the end of the planning process and look forward to begin working with the local private mineral owners and oil and gas operators to implement this plan,” said Big South Fork and Obed Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas.
The Park Service said its preferred alternative provides a systematic approach for addressing the effective regulation and management of non-federal oil and gas operations. Following a 30-day waiting period that began upon the release of the plan, the Park Service will announce its choice.
The final plan is available online (click link below for a copy). A limited number of CD's and hard copy versions are also available at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area headquarters, 4564 Leatherwood Road, in Oneida, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River headquarters, 208 Maiden St., in Wartburg. Hard copies and CD's can be obtained upon request by writing the Superintendent of Big South Fork and Obed, or by calling (423) 569-9778 and (423) 346-6294, respectively.
Additionally, hard copies are on hand at the following libraries: