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BLM Announces New Authorized Officer for Office of Pipeline Monitoring


Ron Dunton is the Bureau of Land Management’s new Authorized
Officer for the Office of Pipeline Monitoring (OPM). Dunton has been
working for BLM-Alaska as the Gas Pipelines Project Manager since 2009.
His previous BLM experience includes Acting Director for the Office of
Wildland Fire in Washington, D.C., Deputy State Director for Lands and
Resources in New Mexico, National Fire Program Manager in Idaho, Area
Manager and Assistant Area Manager in New Mexico, and Fire
Supervisor/Manager in Alaska and New Mexico.

“Dunton’s ability to foster cooperation and discussion with
diverse groups and agencies will be a valuable asset,” says BLM State
Director Bud Cribley.

The OPM provides federal oversight of the Trams-Alaska Pipeline
System, administers rights-of-way permits for land use, cultural survey
activities and material sales related to pipeline use on federal lands.

Dunton begins his new assignment February 14.

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The BLM manages 245 million acres – more land than any other federal
agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in
Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as
outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy
production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other
resources on public lands.
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