December 2016 Lease Sale Information
The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is launching a public scoping period for an environmental assessment analyzing the proposed sale of oil and gas leases of public mineral estate in Baca, Huerfano, Las Animas, Lincoln, and Washington counties.
Please visit the December 2016 Lease Sale Information Page for more information about the sale: 2016 Lease Sale Information Page.
Public Comment Opportunities: The most effective comments refer to a specific parcel and its associated resources. For specific dates check the BLM Colorado Public Involvement calendar
- Comment on Nominated Parcels: February 8 - March 10, 2016
- Comment on draft EA and Finding of No Significant Impact: May 12 to June 13, 2016
- Protest Period: Oct. 13 - Nov. 14, 2016
How to Protest:
The BLM Colorado State Office must receive a protest no later than close of business on the 30th calendar day after the posting of the notice of the lease sale. All protests must be received by the Colorado State Office, located at 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215 . If the State Office is not open on the 30th day after the posting of the sale notice, a protest received on the next business day will be considered timely filed. Close of business for the Colorado State office is 4 p.m., which is when the Information Center (Public Room) closes. The protest must also include a statement of reasons to support the protest. We will dismiss a late-filed protest, a protest filed without a statement of reasons, or a protest that lists the 4-digit parcel ID number (Please use the COC 5-digit serial number).
- A protest must state the interest of the protesting party, their mailing address and reference the specific COC 5-digit serial number being protested.
- You may file a signed protest by mail in hardcopy form or by fax directly to the BLM Colorado State Office. The BLM will not accept a protest filed by electronic mail. A protest filed by fax must be sent to 303-239-3799. A protest sent to a fax number other than the fax number identified or a protest filed by electronic mail will be dismissed.
- If the party signing the protest is doing so on behalf of an association, partnership or corporation, the signing party must reveal the relationship between them. For example, unless an environmental group authorizes an individual member of its group to act for it, the individual cannot make a protest in the group’s name.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment be advised that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public view your personal information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario
The Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario (RFD) is an estimate of fluid mineral exploration, development, and production for the Royal Gorge Field Office for the next 20 years (2011-2030) based on information available at the time. The RFD assumes a baseline scenario in which no new policies are introduced and all areas not currently closed to leasing and development remain available for oil and gas activity.
The RFD is informed by geologic potential and is based on the most current data available at the time. The RFD only provides a baseline from which to analyze potential impacts from future oil and gas development, it is not intended to be an exact estimate. It is just one of many planning tools that the BLM uses when analyzing environmental impacts of oil and gas decisions.