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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 Draft EIS is available for pulbic comment through Jan. 8, 2016.

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

*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;

 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 

Additional Documents

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



     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