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EIS on 65 Previously Issued Oil and Gas Leases in the White River National Forest

The BLM is currently conducting an environmental impact statement on 65 leases on the White River National Forest issued since 1993. The public availability period on the Final EIS ends Sept. 4, 2016. The Record of Decision is expected early in the fall.

Final EIS

Volume I
Volume II
Volume III

Individual files

Executive Summary with Volume I cover and front materials 
Chapter 1 Purpose and Need
Chapter 2 Alternatives
Chapter 3 Affected Environment
     Section A
     Section B
     Section C

Vol. II Cover
Chapter 4 Environmental Consequences
Chapter 5 Consultation and Coordination
Chapter 6 References
Chapter 7 Glossary and Index

Vol. III Cover
Appendix A Surface Water and Aquatic Species Reference Tables
Appendix B Cumulative Impacts Scenario
Appendix C Socioeconomics
Appendix D Methodology for Scaling RFD
Appendix E Response to Public Comments
Appendix F Biological Assessment

Draft EIS

Volume I
Volume II

Individual Files (Vols I and II)

Executive Summary
Chapter 1 Purpose and Need
Chapter 2 Alternatives
Chapter 3 Affected Environment
     Section A
     Section B
     Section C
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

Frequently Asked Questions

What does this Final 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.

For more information, contact:

WRNFleases@blm.gov;

BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, Attn: WRNF Leases, 2300 River Frontage    Road, Silt, CO 81652.

970 876-9000 

Materials from public meetings

Presentation
Meeting Boards

Federal Register Notice

 Additional Documents

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

Maps

     Overview

     Lease Status

     Lease Stipulations

     Oil and Gas Units in Planning Area

Scoping Report

External Summary Scoping Report

Appendix A: Notice of Intent

Appendix B: News Releases and Notification Letters

Appendix C: Meeting Materials

Appendix D: Scoping Comment Providers

Appendix E: Substantive Comments by Subject

 

 

  

 

 


Draft EIS