This document was prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in consultation with cooperating agencies, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, implementing regulations, the BLM’s land use planning handbook (H-1601-1), the BLM Washington Office Instruction Memorandum (IM) No. 2010-117: Oil and Gas Leasing Reform – Land Use Planning and Lease Parcel Reviews (May 17, 2010), BLM Handbook H-1624-1: Planning for Fluid Mineral Resources, and other applicable law. Although the IM and Handbook pertain to oil and gas leasing decisions, the BLM determined that the MLP concepts are also applicable to potash leasing decisions.
Through the MLP process, the BLM will reconsider mineral leasing decisions in a portion of the Moab and Monticello RMPs that are covered in the designated Planning Area. The planning effort is to prepare the Moab MLP, potential amendments to the Moab and Monticello RMPs, and a single EIS. The scope of the decisions in the Moab MLP is limited to oil/gas and potash leasing and development in the Planning Area. This planning effort is not a full RMP revision but rather it is focused on the issues related to oil/gas and potash leasing and development.