ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-L000-2019-0005-EA (December 2019 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale)  
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The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is asking the public to review and provide comment on environmental documents associated with 451 parcels of public lands in White Pine and Lincoln Counties to be offered for lease at the December 2019 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale.  The 30-day review and public comment period begins on Thursday, August 8, 2019 and concludes on Friday, September 6, 2019.
The BLM Ely District received nominations to lease 451 parcels (totaling approximately 777,197 acres) of public land for oil and gas exploration and development.  Leasing would occur in areas where oil and gas development is allowed under the 2008 Ely District Resource Management Plan.  The decision to offer parcels for lease does not authorize any drilling or development.  Impacts of leasing the parcels are analyzed in the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA), in accordance with the Oil & Gas Leasing Reform mandated in 2010.  Lease stipulations identified in the Ely District Resource Management Plan are attached to the parcels to help protect certain resources.

The sale includes parcles that are within or intersect Priority or General Habitat Management Areas for Greater Sage-Grouse.  A 30-day public comment period for the December 2019 sale is required to comply with the U.S. District Court, District of Idaho Preliminary Injunction in W. Watersheds Project v. BLM (No. 1:18-cv000187iREB), which required lengthier comment periods on environmental compliance documents associated with parcels that intersect Priority or General Habitat Management Ares for Greater Sage-Grouse.

A Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale is scheduled on December 10, 2019.  Additional information about the sale including the sale notice and parcel list will be posted to https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/nevada as it becomes available.