Salt Lake City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah today posted the Notice of Competitive Lease Sale and proposed list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Feb. 19, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The list includes 41 proposed parcels totaling 63,909 acres. Of these, 37 parcels covering 59,525 acres are located in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices. The four remaining parcels cover 4,384 acres on the Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Posting the sale notice and list of proposed parcels initiates a 30-day public protest period that is open until Dec. 17, 2012. The public comment period on the two environmental assessments associated with the sale closed on Oct. 19, 2012. Please note that this public protest period is specifically for the Notice of Competitive Lease Sale and the corresponding list of proposed parcels and not for the content of the environmental assessments. Additional information about the February 2013 lease sale is available online at the BLM-Utah oil and gas leasing page: http://blm.gov/jxkd.
Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained in the sale notice, which can be viewed on BLM-Utah oil and gas leasing webpage: http://blm.gov/kxkd. A hard copy of the notice can also be obtained in person at the BLM Utah State Office Public Room, 200 South 440 West, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. The most useful protests are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information.
Written protests may be mailed or hand delivered to the attention of Becky Hammond at Bureau of Land Management, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. Protests submitted via email will not be accepted. Protests may also be faxed to (801) 539-4237. Protests must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2012.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
The competitive oral auction is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the BLM Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. The sale room opens at 7:45 a.m. to allow potential bidders to register and obtain a bidder number.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.