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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 03/17/14
Contacts: Deanna Masterson, Public Affairs Specialist, 303-239-3671    

BLM Colorado State Office Posts Sale Notice for June Oil and Gas Lease Sale


DENVER­ – The Bureau of Land Management Colorado will offer 23 parcels totaling 18,836 acres during the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for 9 a.m., June 12, 2014, at the Colorado State Office in Lakewood.

Two of the parcels are located in the Kremmling Field Office; the rest are within the White River Field Office.  Thirteen of the parcels are located within Rio Blanco County, three are within Garfield County, two are within the Jackson County and five are within Moffat County.  About 9,558 acres of the land being offered are on BLM-managed surface lands and the other 9,288 acres are on privately-owned surface lands.  A map of the parcels and associated environmental analysis for those areas are posted online:http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease/2014/may_2014_lease_sale.html.

The public has 30 days to protest any of the parcels being offered in the sale. The deadline for submitting protests is 4 p.m., April 14, 2014. All protests must be received by the BLM Colorado State Office, located at 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215.

Additional lease sale information can be obtained online at:www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease.html. Information is also available at one of the bureau’s field offices and the BLM Colorado State Office Public Room, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO.

The State of Colorado will receive 49 percent of the proceeds from the sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government. In Fiscal Year 2012, the State of Colorado received more than $158 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for federal minerals, including oil and gas. The BLM Colorado State Office currently oversees about 4.2 million acres of public mineral estate leased for oil and natural gas development, which generated more than $6.5 billion in direct economic benefits in 2012 and nearly $9.5 billion in total economic impacts.

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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. 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: 03-17-2014