U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 08/17/12|
BLM Releases Environmental Assessment for Royal Gorge Field Office for February 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office today released a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing the proposed sale of oil and gas leases on 156 parcels totaling 72,756 acres of public mineral estate in Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Lincoln, Park, Prowers, Otero, and Weld counties.
Six of these parcels are in the South Park area and were deferred from the November 2011 oil and gas lease sale.
The EA analyzes whether these parcels will be offered for competitive leasing to allow exploration and development of federal oil and gas resources. There are three alternatives analyzed within the EA including offering all of the nominated parcels for sale, offering a subset of the parcels for sale or not offering any parcels.
In order for a parcel to be offered in a lease sale, it is typically nominated by industry.
The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations is available online at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/oil_and_gas.html and at the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 East Main, Cañon City, Colo.
The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale. In Fiscal Year 2011, Colorado received more than $154 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, there are more than 22,900 jobs tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.
Written comments must be received by Sept. 17, and may be submitted via e-mail to BLM_CO_RG_Comments@blm.gov or by mail to BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 East Main, Cañon City, Colorado, 81212. The most effective comments refer to a specific parcel and its associated resources.
For additional information on the February Oil and Gas Lease Sale, visit: www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease/2013/february_2013_lease_sale.html
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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FACT SHEET: Environmental Assessment for the February 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Why is BLM offering parcels for oil and gas leasing?
Regardless of the type of use, the BLM analyzes impacts to resources according to the National Environmental Policy Act.
Why is the BLM conducting an Environmental Assessment for this oil and gas lease sale?
Will the leases analyzed in the Environmental Assessment be developed?
Once a parcel is sold, an application permit to drill (APD) must be submitted before any development can occur. When, and if, an APD is submitted, the BLM will conduct further environmental reviews to study the lease holder’s plans for developing the lease.
How can I provide effective comments?
How do I provide my comments?
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
|Last updated: 08-17-2012|
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