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December 12, 2017 Comp Sale
3160 (MTC023)
                                                                                                                   July 11, 2017
           
 
Dear Reader:
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Miles City Field Office prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the potential effects from offering 204 nominated lease parcels for competitive oil and gas leasing in a sale tentatively scheduled to occur on December 12, 2017. 
 
The EA with an unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is available for a 30-day public comment period.  Written comments must be postmarked by August 10, 2017, to be considered.  Comments may be submitted using one of the following methods:
 
                        Email:             BLM_MT_Miles_CityFO_Lease_EA@blm.gov
                       
                        Mail:                Miles City Field Office
                                                Attn:  Irma Nansel
                                                111 Garryowen Road
                                                Miles City, Montana 59301-7000
 
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
 
Upon review and consideration of public comments, the EA will be updated as needed.  Based on our analysis, parcels recommended for leasing in our assessment would be included as part of a competitive oil and gas lease sale tentatively scheduled to occur on December 12, 2017. 
 
Prior to issuance of any leases, the Decision Record and FONSI will be finalized and posted for public review on our BLM e-Planning website.  Please refer to the BLM e-Planning website at http://tinyurl.com/l4ajhss.  Current and updated information about our EA, Lease Sale Notice, and corresponding information pertaining to this sale can be found at the link referenced above. 
 
If you have any questions or would like more information about lease sale notices or the issuance of the EA, Decision Record and FONSI, please contact me at 406-233-2879. 
 
 
Sincerely,

/s/ Wendy M. Warren
Acting Field Manager
 
 
 
 
Document                 Date(s) Available          Notes/Comments                                       
Public Scoping                                                                                                                                                                   
•    Nominated Parcels List
•    Nominated Parcel Maps
•    GIS Data (Preliminary List)
•    Dear Reader Letter (Public Scoping)                                                                                                          
                                   
Publish Date: May 16, 2017

Comment Period: May 16 – May 30, 2017.

Submit Comments to:

Email: BLM_MT_Miles_CityFO_Lease_EA@blm.gov

Mail: 
Miles City Field Office
Attention:  Irma Nansel
111 Garryowen Road
Miles City, MT  59301-7000                                                                                    
Two week public scoping period of nominated lease parcels including the field office’s preliminary recommendations and stipulations. Stipulation summaries, GIS shapefiles, and maps are also provided. This allows the public an opportunity to provide comments which are then analyzed and incorporated into the final environmental analysis as appropriate.                                                                                                                       
30 Day Public Review
•    Dear Reader Letter (Public Comment)
•    Environmental Assessment (EA)

                                     
Publish Date: July 11, 2017

Comment Period: July 11 – August 10, 2017

Submit Comments to:

Email: BLM_MT_Miles_CityFO_Lease_EA@blm.gov

Mail: 
Miles City Field Office
Attention:  Irma Nansel
111 Garryowen Road
Miles City, MT  59301-7000
Thirty day public review and comment period of the lease sale Environmental Assessment (EA) and the unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Comments received from the public will be analyzed and incorporated into the environmental analysis as appropriate.                                                                                                                                    
Lease Sale Notice and Protest Period
•    Competitive Sale Notice and List
•    Map of Sale Parcels
•    GIS Data
•    Final Environmental Assessment (EA)
•    Finding of No Significant Impact (Unsigned)
Publish Date: September 14, 2017

Protest Period
September 14 – October 16, 2017

Submit Protests to:
BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings MT, 59101
Fax:406-896-5292
The Sale Notice includes a list of all sale parcels, legal descriptions, applicable stipulations, and questions and answers about the lease sale process. This section will also include amendments to the original sale notice if changes are made before the sale.
Decision Record and Signed FONSI
•    Decision Record
•    Signed FONSI
Publish Date:  December 12, 2017         Signed Decision Record (DR) and FONSI for Leasing EA and Lease Sale.
Protests         Publish Date:  December 12, 2017  
Sale Results     Publish Date:  December 12, 2017     Summary of the lease sale results. It includes the total number and acreage of parcels sold and the net revenue (bonus bids, fees and first-year rentals) generated from the sale.
 Public Comment:  Before including your address, phone number, e-mail adderess, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying inofrmation, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.