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PROJECT TERMINATION
The San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan (MLP) has been terminated. On July 13, 2018, a Notice of Termination was published in the Federal Register for the San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan (MLP). The notice states that the preparation of an Environmental Assessment associated with the MLP is no longer required, and the process is herby terminated. on January 1, 2018, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Washington Office issued Instruction Memorandum 2018-034, which eliminates the use of MLPs and states that the BLM will not initiate any new MLPs or complete ongoing MLPs under consideration as land use plan amendments. 
 
 
 
Before being terminated, the San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan considered resource management plan decisions related to oil and gas leasing and post-leasing oil and gas development on approximately 525,000 acres of public land in the San Rafael Desert, located in Emery and Wayne Counties, Utah.
 
The planning area was primarily located south of Interstate 70 and east of Highway 24.  The eastern boundary of the MLP planning area was generally the Green River. A small portion of the MLP area was located north of Interstate 70, west of the City of Green River, UT, and East of the San Rafael Swell.  U.S. Highway 6 bisected this part of the planning area.
 
The MLP process was intended to enable the Price and Richfield Field Offices to: (1) Resolve long-standing lease protests relating to parcels of land for which BLM received lease offers subject to protest, but for which BLM has not issued leases in the planning area; (2) Determine whether the BLM should cancel, modify, or lift the suspensions on suspended leases in the planning area; (3) Evaluate potential development scenarios; (4) Identify and address potential resource conflicts and environmental impacts from development; (5) Create oil and gas development mitigation strategies; and (6) Consider a range of new conditions, including prohibiting surface occupancy or closing certain areas to leasing.