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March 2017 Lease Sale
The NEPA documents completed for the Wayne National Forest Marietta Unit EA, which can be accessed from the left sidebar under Documents are still in effect for the March 2017 Competitive Internet-Based Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

Information on the lease sale scheduled for March 23, 2017 can be found here


The protest period for the parcels ends on February 13, 2017.  Please see the lease sale notice on Pages 9 and 10 for details on filing a protest.


 
 
 
 
December 2016 Lease Sale
The oil and gas leasing program managed by the BLM encourages the sustainable development of domestic oil and gas reserves which reduces the dependence of the United States on foreign sources of energy as part of its multiple-use and sustainable yield mandate. Therefore, in accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act, 30 U.S.C.226(b)(1), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113-291. 128 Stat.3762) (Dec.19, 2014), and the BLM regulations at 43 CFR 3120, the Bureau of Land Management will be offering parcels for lease at a Competitive Internet-Based Oil and Gas Lease sale.

The date of the sale was Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and the parcels offered included Federal fluid mineral estates located in the Eastern States, Southeastern States District (SSD) and Northeastern States District (NSD). Additional information about the sale is available at https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.pl

Nineteen parcels totalling 759.08 acres were sold at the sale.


Appeals For December 2016 Lease Sale

Procedures for filing an appeal to the decision to offer parcels for competitive lease can be found here

Protesting Parcels for December 2016 Lease Sale

The protest period ended on November 14, 2016.  The protest letters and BLM responses to these protest letters can be found here

The December 2016 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, Final EA and FONSI were released on October 14, 2016. Click the Documents link on the left side panel to access these documents.

The Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Internet-Based Lease Sale may also be accessed at this link
http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/prog/minerals/current_sales_and.html for the December 13, 2016 sale.

For your convenience, maps showing the specific sale parcels, the list of lands, and the Shapefiles are available at https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.pl
and at our public Internet site: http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/prog/minerals/current_sales_and.html

Under regulation 43 CFR 3120.1-3, you may protest the inclusion of a parcel listed in the Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Internet-Based Lease Sale.
Instructions for filing a protest can be found on Page 10 of the Notice. The BLM Eastern States must receive a protest within 30 calendar days of the posting of the Notice.


NOTE: The Protest Period is to protest the inclusion of a parcel listed in the Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Internet-Based Lease Sale.  Therefore, the protest period is regarding the parcels and not the content of the Environmental Assessment.


Draft EA and Comment Period

A draft EA and unsigned FONSI was made available for a 30-day public review and comment period that ended May 31, 2016.  Comments that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or those that contain new technical or scientific information are most helpful, but all comments are considered in this decision-making process.  They may be submitted by one of the following methods:  

                      E-mail:      blm_es_comments@blm.gov

            Fax number:      (414) 297-4409, Attn: Kurt Wadzinski

U.S. Postal Service:      BLM Northeastern States District
                                        Attn: Kurt Wadzinski
                                        Planning & Environmental Coordinator
                                        626 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 200
                                        Milwaukee, WI 53202-4617


Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware 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.  All submissions from organizations, from businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations or businesses, will be available for public review.

Following the conclusion of the public comment period for the draft EA, the BLM analyzes and incorporates (where appropriate) all substantive comments received during the public comment period and makes changes to the document, if necessary and finalizes the EA.

Click the Documents link on the left side panel to access the draft EA and unsigned FONSI documents.


A public meeting regarding potential oil and gas leasing on the Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District, Marietta Unit, was held in Marietta, Ohio on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

A public scoping comment period commenced November 1, 2015 and ended January 22, 2016.
Issues provided during the public scoping comment period were considered in the formation of the EA.