ePlanning DOI-BLM-UT-G020-2017-0030-EA (2017 Price Field Office Oil and Gas Lease Sale)  
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01/09/2018 14:54:01 MST
Appeal Period: January 9 - February 8, 2018
In keeping with the Administration’s goal of strengthening America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management offered 74 parcels, totaling approximately 94,000 acres in Duchesne, Uintah and Emery counties at its December quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The impacts of offering fifteen of the 74 parcels were analyzed in the EA prepared by the Price Field Office (PFO). The BLM held the lease sale online at www.energynet.com on December 12, 2017.

None of the 15 parcels offered in the PFO received bids at the competitive sale.   Three parcels were sold non-competitively after that sale. 

The Final EA, and signed Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record, as well the protests received for the lease sale and the responses to the protests have been posted on Documents page of this Project site.
The BLM Price Field Office is considering offering 15 parcels comprising 32,013 acres for the December 2017 oil and gas lease sale.  All of these parcels are located in Emery County Utah approximately seven miles southeast of Ferron, Utah in Township 20 South Range 9 East, Township 21 South Range 9 East, and Township 21 South Range 8.  

It is the policy of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as derived from various laws, including the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), to make mineral resources available for disposal and to encourage development of mineral resources to meet national, regional, and local needs.

The act of leasing does not authorize any development or use of the surface of lease lands without further application by the operator and approval by the BLM. In the future, the BLM may receive Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) for those parcels that are leased. If APDs are received, the BLM conducts additional site-specific NEPA analysis before deciding whether to approve the APD and what conditions of approval (COA) should apply.