DATE: August 8, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-55
OIL & GAS LEASING OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED
An open house will be held Monday, August 22nd, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, to discuss development of a Programmatic Environmental Assessment covering future oil and gas leasing on public lands in Northeastern Nevada.
The purpose of preparing a Programmatic Environmental Assessment for oil and gas leasing is to analyze potential impacts resulting from oil and gas development on public lands in Northeastern Nevada.
“There is increased interest in Nevada for oil and gas exploration and development, partly because of the recent discovery of new oil reserves in western Utah and because of the continuing rise in the price of crude oil in the world,” said Clint Oke, Assistant Field Manager for Non-Renewable Resources, BLM Elko Field Office.
“In the last couple of years BLM has seen significant increases in the number of Expressions of Interest to offer parcels for competitive sale. Nevada BLM held a record-setting oil and gas competitive sale in June 2005, by selling nearly 50 percent of the 354 parcels offered and receiving a record $3.2 million in bonus bids,” Oke added.
The purpose of the open house is to give the public an opportunity to get more information about oil and gas leasing and to voice any issues and concerns they want analyzed in the Environmental Assessment. Federal, state and local agencies and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by BLM’s decision to lease public lands parcels for oil and gas exploration and development are invited to participate in the scoping process.
The next oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for December 2005 in Reno, Nevada.
For questions or more information about the Environmental Assessment or the open house, please contact Project Leader Kirk Laird by phone - (775) 753-0200, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail - 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, 89801.