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BLM Seeks Comment on Environmental Assessments for Oil and Gas Lease Sales

Vernal, Utah—In keeping with the Administration’s goals of American’s Energy independence and strengthening local communities, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal and Price Field Offices continue to support energy exploration efforts here in Utah.   The BLM is seeking public comments on two separate environmental assessments (EAs) analyzing BLM proposals to offer parcels in northeastern Utah for competitive oil and gas leasing.  The final analyses, including your comments, will be used to develop a list of parcels to be leased at auction, and identify resource protection measures for the parcels. 

This website includes maps, EA, and other information for your review and comment.  The EA analyzes 64 parcels comprising 66,626 acres within Duchesne and Uintah counties, including approximately 2,080 acres of split-estate land.  Air quality, cultural resources, lands with wilderness character, special status plants and animals, wildlife (including Greater Sage Grouse), and visuals are some of the key resources analyzed in detail.  Comments may be submitted online, emailed, faxed, or mailed using the addresses below and referencing “December 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale” in your subject line.
•    Online through the BLM ePlanning project page
•    E-mail: UT_Vernal_Comments@blm.gov 
•    Mail: 170 South 500 East, Vernal, Utah 84078
•    Fax: (435) 781-4410 

For more information about the parcels located in the Price Field Office area, please see this project page:  https://go.usa.gov/xNwVK
 
 
 
The short url for this site is  https://go.usa.gov/xN9Gu

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 BLM has prepared this EA to disclose and analyze the environmental consequences of the leasing of 64 parcels during the December 2017 oil and gas lease sale. The BLM’s Utah State Office conducts quarterly competitive lease sales to sell available oil and gas lease parcels. A Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, which lists lease parcels to be offered at the auction, is published by the Utah State Office at least 90 days before the auction is held. Lease stipulations applicable to each parcel are specified in the Sale Notice. The decision as to which public lands and minerals are open for leasing and what leasing stipulations may be necessary, based on information available at the time, is made during the land use planning process. Constraints on leasing and any future development of split estate parcels are determined by the BLM in consultation with the appropriate surface management agency or the private surface owner.

This website provides the latest information on this project. Throughout the NEPA process, this website will be updated to include background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other documents as applicable.  For instructions on how to navigate and use this site, review the Video Tutorial in the upper right corner.

In addition to accepting public input into the proposed project's NEPA process, the BLM is also inviting interested parties to participate in the proposed project's National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process outlined at 36 CFR 800.  During the Section 106 process, the BLM will consult with interested parties on identifying the area of potential effect, appropriate cultural resource identification efforts, the determination of effects to historic properties, and if necessary, the resolution of adverse effects for the proposed project.