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ePlanning DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2019-0003-OTHER_NEPA (September 2019 Utah Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Sale)  
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September 2019
The Bureau of Land Management is issuing an Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) intending to offer 146 parcels, totaling nearly 183,520 acres on lands managed by the Canyon Country, Green River, Color Country, and West Desert Districts at its September 9-11, 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" page of this project site.  Posting the NCLS for the September 2019 Lease Sale initiates a 30-day public protest period which runs from July 25 until August 26, 2019.   Protests can be incorporated into one document for the entire state, 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 August 26, 2019.  In accordance with the BLM 3120 Competitive Leases Handbook, protests must be received by that date and time, either faxed to Leah Waldner at (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.



The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com



Additional Links:
BLM Utah Lease Sale Project Page: 
http://go.usa.gov/xXk8c
ArcGIS data displaying land status by surface management agency and existing oil and gas leases on federal lands  can be found at: https://bit.ly/2Uy8TpF.

A 30-day public comment period was held from May 30 and ending on July 1, 2019. The public comments were incorporated into the respective EA in its entirety. Please refer to the appendices. Four public comments had to be abbreviated as result of the length of the comments. Those four letters are published on eplanning for the public to read the comments in its entirety. They are: SUWA [Moab, Monticello and Green River District EAs] and Friends of Cedar Mesa [Monticello EA].


 
 
 
 
BLM is offering a 30-day protest comment period on 6 environmental assessments. The protest comment period begins July 25, 2019, and ends on August 26, 2019.   Protests must be received by 4:30 pm MST on August 26, 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 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.Any protest received by other methods will not be accepted.


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.


On July 25, 2019, Utah State Historic Preservation Office concurred with the BLM's Area of Potential Effect for this undertaking, concur the BLM has completed a good faith effort to take into account the effects of the undertaking on historic property, and concur with the finding of "No Adverse Effect" for the September 2019 Lease Sale.