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Protest Period for June Sale
In keeping with the Administration’s goal of promoting American energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management is issuing a Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) intending to offer  8 parcels, totaling nearly 11,557.73 acres in lands managed by the Color Country, and West Desert Districts at its June 11, 2019 quarterly oil and gas lease sale.  "The purpose of the sale notice is to identify parcels by number, describe the lands...indicate the parcel acreage...set forth lease stipulations" etc (Federal Register Vol 53, No. 54, 9218).

The NCLS is posted on the "Documents" tab of this project site. Posting the NCLS for the June 2019 Lease Sale initiates a 10-day protest period.  The 10-day protest period runs from April 15 to May 6, 2019. The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com. Protests can be incorporated into one document for the entire sale, if parcels are protested from multiple BLM districts and considered in multiple National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance documents, or in separate protests of one or more parcels considered in single NEPA compliance documents. Lack of specificity of which parcel(s) the protester believes applies to each protest point may result in summary dismissal of the protest point, or the entire protest.  Providing a list of parcels in the beginning of the protest may not be sufficient since BLM will not make assumptions about which parcels apply to each protest point. The BLM may suspend (defer) specific parcels if a protest contention warrants, however, although 43 C.F.R. § 3120.1-3  allows the authorized officer to "suspend the offering of a specific parcel while considering a protest or appeal against its inclusion in" an NCLS, only the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management may suspend an entire "lease sale for good and just cause after reviewing the reason(s) for an appeal." 

The protest period ends at 4:30 p.m. MST on May 6, 2019.  In accordance with the BLM 3120 Competitive Leases Handbook, protests must be received by that date and time, either faxed to Leah Waldner (801) 539-4237 or submit a hardcopy form by mail or hand delivery to the BLM Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question.  The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.
 

 

Responsible energy development includes thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts of decisions to lease.  An additional environmental review will take place during processing of an Application for Permit to Drill (APD), when site-specific Conditions of Approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the stipulations attached to the lease.

The oil and gas industry on public lands in Utah contributed $2.6 billion in total economic output in FY2017.  Continuous exploration, development, and site restoration is required to sustain production rates, jobs, income and royalties.

More information about Utah Oil and Gas Lease Sales can be found at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/utah

 
 
 
 
How to Comment
 

BLM is offering a 10-day protest period on two environmental documents for the June 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The protest period begins on April 25 through May 6, 2019. In accordance with the BLM 3120 Competitive Leases Handbook, protests must be received by May 6, 2019 by 4:30 pm, either faxed to Leah Waldner (801) 539-4237 or submitted in hardcopy form by mail or hand delivery to the BLM Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

Protests must be received by 4:30 pm on May 6, 2019. Any protest comments received by other methods will not be accepted.