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Appeal Period January 9 - February 8, 2018
In keeping with the Administration’s goal of strengthening America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management offered 74 parcels, totaling approximately 94,000 acres in Duchesne, Uintah and Emery counties at its December quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The impacts of offering fifty-nine of the 74 parcels were analyzed in the EA prepared by the Vernal Field Office (VFO). The BLM held the lease sale online at www.energynet.com on December 12, 2017.

Forty-nine of the 74 parcels offered in the VFO received bids.  Eight bids were rejected due to non-timely payment of the bids. 

The Final EA, and signed Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record, as well the protests received for the lease sale and the responses to the protests have been posted on Documents page of this Project site.
The short url for this site is  https://go.usa.gov/xN9Gu

It is the policy of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as derived from various laws, including the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), to make mineral resources available for disposal and to encourage development of mineral resources to meet national, regional, and local needs.  The BLM has prepared this EA to disclose and analyze the environmental consequences of the leasing of 64 parcels during the December 2017 oil and gas lease sale. The BLM’s Utah State Office conducts quarterly competitive lease sales to sell available oil and gas lease parcels. A Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, which lists lease parcels to be offered at the auction, is published by the Utah State Office at least 90 days before the auction is held. Lease stipulations applicable to each parcel are specified in the Sale Notice. The decision as to which public lands and minerals are open for leasing and what leasing stipulations may be necessary, based on information available at the time, is made during the land use planning process. Constraints on leasing and any future development of split estate parcels are determined by the BLM in consultation with the appropriate surface management agency or the private surface owner.

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.  For instructions on how to navigate and use this site, review the Video Tutorial in the upper right corner.

In addition to accepting public input into the proposed project's NEPA process, the BLM is also inviting interested parties to participate in the proposed project's National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process outlined at 36 CFR 800.  During the Section 106 process, the BLM will consult with interested parties on identifying the area of potential effect, appropriate cultural resource identification efforts, the determination of effects to historic properties, and if necessary, the resolution of adverse effects for the proposed project.