The BLM is currently conducting an environmental impact statement on 65 leases on the White River National Forest issued since 1993. The Draft EIS is available for pulbic comment through Jan. 8, 2016.
The BLM is hosting three public meetings to provide information about the Draft EIS and take written and verbal comment. The meetings run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
• Dec. 14, Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfson Rd, Glenwood Springs
• Dec. 15, DeBeque Elementary School, 730 Minter Ave, DeBeque
• Dec. 16, Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Hwy 133, Carbondale
Each meeting will begin with a 45-minute open house in which various BLM specialists will be available to answer questions with the public one-on-one. A brief presentation will begin at 4:45 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. The BLM will begin taking oral comments at about 5:15 p.m.
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 final EIS 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
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