The BLM is currently conducting an environmental impact statement on 65 leases on the White River National Forest issued since 1993. The public comment period on the Draft EIS ended Jan. 8, 2016. A final EIS is anticipated to be released in August 2016.
Individual Files (Vols I and II)
Chapter 1 Purpose and Need
Chapter 2 Alternatives
Chapter 3 Affected Environment
Chapter 4 Environmental Consequences
Chapter 5 Consultation and Coordination
Chapter 6 References
Chapter 7 Glossary and Index
Appendix A Surface Water and Aquatic Species Reference Tables
Appendix B Cumulative Impacts Scenario
Appendix C Socioeconomics
Appendix D Methodology for Scaling RFD
*The Dear Reader letter has been updated to correct a statement that identified an incorrect Proposed Action.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does this Draft EIS address?
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Previously Issued Oil and Gas Leases in the White River National Forest analyzes 65 leases issued since 1993 in the White River National Forest, including within the area known as Thompson Divide.
Why are you doing this EIS?
In 2007, the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) ruled on a challenge of three leases in Pitkin County that BLM must either do its own environmental analysis or formally adopt the White River National Forest’s 1993 Oil and Gas EIS for leasing on the White River National Forest.
Through the EIS, the BLM will conducts its own environmental analysis on 65 leases issued since the 1993 EIS to determine whether the leases should be voided, reaffirmed, modified with additional or different terms, or subject to additional mitigation measures for site-specific development proposals.
What is the timeframe of this EIS?
A Record of Decision is anticipated in fall 2016.
How can I comment?
Comments on the Draft EIS need to be received by January 8, 2016, and may be:
Emailed to WRNFleases@blm.gov;
Faxed to 970-876-9090; or
Mailed to BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, Attn: WRNF Leases, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652.
The BLM will host three public meetings to provide information and accept written and oral comment on the Draft EIS from 4 to 7 p.m., at the following locations:
December 14, Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfson Rd, Glenwood Springs
December 15, DeBeque Elementary School, 730 Minter Ave, De Beque
December 16, Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Hwy 133, Carbondale
Materials from public meetings
Federal Register Notice
News Release Scoping begins (4-1-14)
News Release Scoping extended (4-11-14)
IBLA Decision 2007
List of affected leases
List of pending APDs
Posters from Scoping Meetings
Presentation from Scoping Meetings
Fact Sheet from Scoping Meetings
Oil and Gas Units in Planning Area
External Summary Scoping Report
Appendix A: Notice of Intent
Appendix B: News Releases and Notification Letters
Appendix C: Meeting Materials