The Canyon Country District Office has initiated a planning effort to prepare the Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP), amendments to the Moab and Monticello Resource Management Plans (RMPs), and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The scope of the decisions in the MLP is limited to oil and gas and potash leasing within the Planning Area. This planning effort does not entail a full RMP revision, but rather maintains a limited focus on the issues of oil and gas and potash leasing in a portion of the Moab and Monticello Field Offices. Due to the limited focus of this planning effort, decisions that would normally be considered in a full RMP revision will not be considered.
The MLP process will provide additional planning and analysis prior to new leasing of oil and gas and potash within the Planning Area. The MLP will enable the Moab and Monticello Field Offices to evaluate in-field considerations such as optimal parcel configurations and potential development scenarios, identify and address potential resource conflicts and environmental impacts from development, develop mitigation strategies, and consider a range of new constraints. The outcome of the MLP process may result in new mineral leasing stipulations and development constraints accomplished through amendments to the land use plans (Moab and Monticello RMPs). The EIS will analyze likely development scenarios and land use plan alternatives with varying mitigation levels for mineral leasing.
The current schedule is to release the Draft MLP/EIS and to conduct public meetings in the fall of 2014. The Proposed MLP/Final EIS is currently anticipated in the fall of 2015.