ePlanning DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2019-0002-OTHER_NEPA (June 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale)  
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Comment Period for June Sale
In keeping with the Administration’s goal of promoting American energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management proposes 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.  This notice initiates a public comment period on associated environmental documents that ends on March 4, 2019.  The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com.
“The BLM welcomes and encourages public involvement early in the NEPA process, as it is an integral part in our evaluation of the proposed lease parcels,” said Kent Hoffman, Deputy State Director for Lands and Minerals. “The most effective comments will identify issues and concerns specific to the parcels being considered.”
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.
Comments on the environmental assessment (EA) and Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) must be submitted in writing only through this ePlanning website (https://bit.ly/2SJKImy).  Please click the "Documents" tab and then the "Comment on Document" button to submit your comment(s). 
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.
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.
How to Comment

BLM is offering a 15-day public comment period on two environmental documents for the June 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The public comment period begins February 15, 2019, and ends on March 4, 2019. Comments on the environmental documents must be submitted electronically via the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) by clicking on the "Document" tab and then "Comment on Document" button.  Comments must be received by 4:30 pm on March 4, 2019. Any comments received by other methods will not be accepted.