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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 08/16/13
Contacts: Vanessa Lacayo, Public Affairs Specialist, (303) 239-3671    
  Steven Hall, Communications Director, (303) 239-3672    

BLM Colorado State Office Posts List of Proposed Parcels for November Oil and Gas Lease Sale (08-16-13)


DENVER­ – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office announced it will offer 10 parcels covering 2,518 acres in the Royal Gorge Field Offices for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled at 9 a.m., Nov. 14, 2013, at the Colorado State Office.
 
The Royal Gorge Field Office completed environmental assessments pursuant to oil and gas leasing reform. The environmental review for all the parcels that are being offered was opened to the public and factored in to what should be offered or held for further review.
 
Every lease contains standard terms and stipulations designed to protect air, water, wildlife, historic and cultural resources as well as reclamation requirements. The BLM leases for oil and gas development based on land use plans, which are developed with public input.
 
To view maps of the parcels, visit: www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease/2013/november_2013_lease_sale.html. Additional lease sale information can be obtained online at: www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/leasing.html. Information is also available at the BLM Colorado State Office Public Room, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO.
 
The deadline for submitting protests is 4 p.m., Sept. 16, 2013. All protests must be received by the BLM Colorado State Office, located at 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215. For more information on how to file a protest, visit our leasing FAQs page:www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/Frequently_Asked_Questions_Leasing.html
 
The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds from each sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government. The State of Colorado received more than $158 million in Fiscal Year 2012 from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for federal minerals, including oil and gas. BLM Colorado currently has approximately 4.2 million acres of public mineral estate leased for oil and natural gas development, generating more than $6.5 billion in direct economic benefits in 2012 and approximately $9.5 billion in total economic impacts.


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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 08-19-2013