ePlanning DOI-BLM-UT-C030-2017-0010-EA (September 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale)  
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Utah BLM has deferred all three parcels that were part of this analysis.  Therefore, the environmental analysis process has been discontinued.  A memo explaining the rational for deferral has been posted on the "Documents" page.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to disclose and analyze the environmental consequences of offering an oil and gas lease sale around September 12, 2017 and the subsequent issuance of oil and gas leases for three parcels (proposed action), which collectively encompass approximately 4,730.14 acres of land administered by the BLM St. George Field Office (SGFO) in Washington County, Utah. This EA is a site-specific analysis of reasonably foreseeable impacts that could result from the implementation of the proposed action or alternatives to the proposed action. This EA will assist the BLM in project planning, in ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in making a determination as to whether any significant impacts could result from the analyzed actions. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide parcels for inclusion at a competitive oil and gas lease sale to be held by the BLM Utah State Office around September 12, 2017. Pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, BLM Utah must hold competitive oil and gas lease sales, at least quarterly, when lands that are available for oil and gas leasing have been nominated. Moreover, BLM is required by law to review areas that have been nominated for potential inclusion at a competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels proposed for offering for lease at the September 2017 oil and gas lease sale were nominated by the public. Thus, the proposed action and the June 2017 oil and gas lease sale are needed to respond to the public’s oil and gas leasing nomination requests and, in doing so, ensure that BLM upholds the various statutorily imposed responsibilities it has been entrusted with.
This website provides the latest information on this project. Throughout the NEPA process, this website will be updated to include background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other documents as applicable.  Using the contact information listed below, individuals and organizations must submit a written statement to the BLM indicating their interest to serve as a consulting party in the proposed project's Section 106 process.  For instructions on how to navigate and use this site, review the Video Tutorial in the upper right corner.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.