29.40 What are the purpose and scope of the regulations in this subpart§ 29.40 What are the purpose and scope of the regulations in this subpart?
(a) The purpose of this subpart is to ensure that operators exercising non-Federal oil and gas rights within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) outside of Alaska use technologically feasible, least damaging methods to:
(1) Protect Service-administered lands and waters, and resources of refuges;
(2) Protect refuge wildlife-dependent recreational uses and experiences and visitor or employee health and safety; and
(3) Conserve refuges for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
(b) This subpart applies to all operators conducting non-Federal oil and gas operations outside of Alaska on Service-administered lands held in fee or less-than fee (excluding coordination areas) or Service-administered waters to the extent necessary to protect those property interests. These regulations do not apply to non-Federal surface locations within the boundaries of a refuge (i.e., inholdings), except to the extent that activities associated with those operations, including access to an inholding, occur on Service-administered lands or waters.
(c) This subpart is not intended to result in a taking of any property interest. The purpose of this subpart is to reasonably regulate operations to protect Service-administered lands and waters, resources of refuges, visitor uses and experiences, and visitor or employee health and safety.