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1. Public Scoping Period (11/25/2019 through 12/9/2019)  NEW!
2. Public Comment Period on Draft EAs and Unsigned FONSIs (01/27/2020 through 02/07/2020) 
Click here to view the May 2020 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Project Page – Pecos District Office.
Click here to view the May 2020 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Project Page – Oklahoma Field Office.
Click here to view the May 2020 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Project Page – Farmington Field Office.
 
3. Public Protest Period (03/23/2020 through 04/01/2020)
The list of parcels, stipulations, and exhibits are available in the Sale Notice below under 3a. Lease Sale Notice and Protest Period. Additionally, the EAs, maps, and references are available below under 3b. EAs for Protest Period, 3c. GIS Shapefiles for Protest Period, and 3d. EA References for Protest Period.

The health and safety of the public and our employees is our highest priority, and we continue to follow guidance put forth by the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, as we implement teleworking, social distancing and virtual meeting tools. All of our actions, including comment periods and lease sales, are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis and adjustments are being made to ensure we are allowing for proper public input, while protecting the health and safety of the public and our employees. As a result, the BLM is temporarily restricting in-person public access to visitor centers and public rooms in our New Mexico offices. Therefore, we will only accept comments via mail and email for the May 2020 lease sale. Persons wishing to send a protest electronically can do so by sending an email to blm_nm_leasesale@blm.gov - See Amendment No. 2 in Section 3a below.
 
Under regulation Title 43 CFR subpart 3120.1-3, the inclusion of a parcel in a Notice of Competitive Lease Sale may be protested. Protests received that do not meet the following requirements will be summarily dismissed.
           ♦ Submission of the protest to the BLM New Mexico State Office no later than close of business
                (4:30 PM local Mountain Time) on the last day of the protest period.
           ♦ Submission of a hardcopy protest mailed to:
                         BLM New Mexico State Office
                         Attention: State Director
                         301 Dinosaur Trail
                         Santa Fe, NM 87508
                            
                                    OR
             Submission of a protest via email to:
                      
    blm_nm_leasesale@blm.gov


                          Emailed protests
           ♦ Inclusion of the name and address of the protesting party.
           ♦ If the party signing the protest is doing so on behalf of an association, partnership, or corporation (group), the signing party must reveal the relationship between the party and the group. An individual member of a group cannot make a protest in the group's name without authorization of the group.
           ♦ Reference to the specific parcel number(s) being protested.
           ♦ Disclosure of the party's interest in the parcel(s).
           ♦ Inclusion of a statement of reason(s) to support the protest of the specific parcel(s).
 
In addition, when the BLM provides an opportunity for public participation during its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and decision-making process, a party may raise only those issues it raised in its prior participation or issues that arose after the close of the opportunity for such participation. See, e.g., Dept. of Transp. V. Public Citizen, 541 U.S 752, 764 (2008); Western Watersheds Project, 188 IBLA 234, 248-249 (2016). Where a party has not raised any objections during the public involvement opportunities during the NEPA process and does not raise any novel issues that arose after the NEPA process, the party will have forfeited the objections they raise for the first time at the protest and their protests will be dismissed.
 
Any protest, including names and street addresses, submitted will be made available for public review. Individuals submitting a protest may request their personal identifiable information be withheld from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, by prominently stating this request at the beginning of the protest. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All protests received from associations, partnerships, corporations (groups) or individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of a group, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

The Farmington Field Office parcels are no longer being offered for this sale.

Click
here to view the BLM New Mexico Public Web Map for the May 2020 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale. To view the parcels specific to this lease sale on the web map site, click on the stack of paper (layers) icon in the top right corner of the page and select the layers that begin with 05/2020. For a copy of the spatial data, click here.
 
 
 
3a. Lease Sale Notice for Protest Period (03/23/2020 through 04/01/2020)
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
Final Sale Notice May 2020 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale 03/23/2020 May 2020 Competitive OG Lease Sale Notice_508.pdf (911 KB)     
Amendment No. 1 03/23/2020 May 2020 Competitive OG Lease Sale_Amendment No 1_508.pdf (90 KB)     
Amendment No. 2 03/24/2020 Amendment No 2_Signed_508.pdf (183 KB)     

3b. EAs for Protest Period (03/23/2020 through 04/01/2020)
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
Oklahoma Field Office Environmental Assessment 03/23/2020 EA_OFO_May2020LeaseSale_Public Protest_508.pdf (2542 KB)     
Oklahoma Field Office FONSI 03/23/2020 FONSI_OFO_May2020LeaseSale_Public Protest_508.pdf (133 KB)     
Pecos District Office Environmental Assessment 03/23/2020 EA_PDO_May2020LeaseSale_Public Protest_508.pdf (8918 KB)     
Pecos District Office FONSI 03/23/2020 FONSI_PDO_May2020LeaseSale_Public Protest_508.pdf (155 KB)     

3c. GIS Shapefiles for Protest Period (03/23/2020 through 04/01/2020)
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
New Mexico Sale Parcels GIS Shapefiles - Final 03/23/2020 sale_05_20_final_NM.zip (25 KB)     
Texas Sale Parcels GIS Shapefiles - Final 03/23/2020 sale_05_20_final_TX.zip (2 KB)     

3d. EA References for Protest Period (03/23/2020 through 04/01/2020)
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
ePlanning Place Holder 03/23/2020 ePlanning Place Holder.docx (11 KB)     

4a. Protests Received
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
ePlanning Place Holder 04/04/2020 ePlanning Place Holder.docx (11 KB)     

4b. Protest Responses
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
ePlanning Place Holder 06/20/2020 ePlanning Place Holder.docx (11 KB)     

5. Sale Results
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
ePlanning Place Holder 05/21/2020  (2 Files)    

6. Final EA, FONSI, and Decision Record
Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Participation
ePlanning Place Holder 06/20/2020 ePlanning Place Holder.docx (11 KB)