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INFORMATION NOTICE

Per Washington Instruction Memorandum No. 2014-004, effective immediately, the BLM will publish Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions received on or after January 1, 2014, on the website of the BLM state office where the nominated parcel is located. EOI submitters who consider their name and address confidential should not include that information in their EOI. The BLM no longer requires submitters of EOIs to provide their name or address. Submitters may still provide this information for contact purposes; however, the BLM will make this information available to the publc.

February 17, 2015, Lease Sale Information

BLM is offering a 30 day public comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) prepared for the February 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The public comment period is open from September 19, to October 20, 2014. All comments must be received by 4:30 pm on October 20, 2014.

Comments for the Canyon Country District EA may be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Monticello Field Office (Attn: Clifford Giffen)
365 North Main, P. O. Box 7
Monticello, Utah  84535
or by fax to (435) 587-1518
Electronic comments may be submitted to:
blm_ut_mt_og_leasing_comments@blm.gov
Please refer to "February 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale" in the subject line of your correspondence.

Written comments will be accepted by letter or email and should be submitted before the close of the comment period. Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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 is utilizing and coordinating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public participation requirements to assist the agency in satisfying the public involvement requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. 470(f) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3)). The information about historic and cultural resources within the area potentially affected by the proposed lease sale will assist the BLM in identifying and evaluating impacts to such resources in the context of both NEPA and Section 106 of the NHPA.

The associated EA and unsigned finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the February 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale is available on BLM Utah's Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB). Links are also posted below.

Canyon County District NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-Y020-2014-026-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - February 2015

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles 

 

 

 


November 18, 2014, Lease Sale Information

The November 2014 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) protest period is from August 15, to September 15, 2014. The public comment period on the environmental assessments (EAs) closed on July 14, 2014.

Written protests may be mailed or faxed (801-539-4237) to the Utah State Office, attention Justin Abernathy by 4:30 pm on September 15, 2014. Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained within the NCLS. The NCLS can be accessed on this oil and gas leasing webpage below or at the Utah State Office's public room.

Sale Information
    Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS)  
    Bidder Registration Form
    Lease Bid Form
    Sale Parcel List
    Stipulations & Notices
    Deferred Lands List 

Protests
    Trout Unlimited 
    Rocky Mountain Wild/Wild Earth Guardians 
    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, et al. 
       Several attachments were submitted with this protest. Contact Justin Abernathy at
       (801) 539-4067 for more information.

Maps of Proposed November 2014 Parcels

Statewide 
Map 1      Map 7       Map 13      Map 19      Map 24      Map 29
Map 2      Map 8       Map 14      Map 20      Map 25      Map 30
Map 3      Map 9       Map 15      Map 21      Map 26      Map 31
Map 4      Map 10     Map 16      Map 22      Map 27      Map 32
Map 5      Map 11     Map 17      Map 23      Map 28      Map 33
Map 6      Map 12     Map 18

These maps are not fully Section 508 compliant. For information on how to use the data please contact the Utah State Office at (801) 539-4000.

The associated EAs and unsigned findings of no significant impact (FONSIs) for the November 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Sale is available on BLM Utah's Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) for the Price EA and the Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) for the Vernal EA . Links are also posted below.

Vernal Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G010-2014-093-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA) 
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 
Price Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G020-2014-029-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
     Photos Part 1 Part 2
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - November 2014

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles

 

 

 


INFORMATION NOTICE
 Limitations on Credit Cards

The following changes will take place regarding credit card usage at the BLM Utah oil and gas auctions, effective June 30, 2012. This policy will be fully implemented in the August 21, 2012 lease sale.

  • Individual transactions will be limited to $49,999.99. This limit has been lowered from the current amount of $99,999.99 and now applies only to credit card transactions.
  • You may not split the individual transactions greater than $49,999.99 into two or more transactions over one or multiple days.
  • We will not accept multiple cards from the same company for one transaction, but will accept a card from different companies limiting each transaction to no more than $49,999.99.
  • You may pay for your oil and gas lease parcel using credit cards or a personal or cashier's check. Cash is not accepted.
  • If you would like to utilize Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments or Fed Wire payments for the balance bonus payment, the instructions are attached to Information Bulletin OC-2012-025. Please contact our Accounting Office at (801) 539-4006 if you need assistance.

 
SPLIT ESTATE NOTIFICATION

Effective immediately, anyone submitting an informal Expression of Interest (EOI) that certain lands be offered in an oil and gas competitive lease auction and that the EOI includes split estate lands—private surface/Federal minerals—must provide, with the EOI, the name and address of the current private surface owners(s). Whenever a split estate parcel is included in an oil and gas Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will send a courtesy letter to the surface owners(s). The letter will provide the surface owner notice of the scheduled auction as well as information about the BLM’s regulations and procedures for Federal oil and gas leasing and development on split estate lands.

Any EOI including split estate lands that is submitted in the future, or now pending with a BLM State Office, that does not provide the name and address of the surface owner(s) will not be processed by the BLM and such lands will not be placed on a list of lands included in a Notice of Competitive Lease Sale until the required information is provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Wilcken, Land Law Examiner at (801) 539-4112 or lwilcken@blm.gov.

  • Information Regarding Split Estate

  • Map: Federal and SITLA Oil & Gas Leases 
    Map of Federal and SITLA Oil & Gas Leases

     


    LEASING REFORM

    Washington Office IM 2010-117 establishes new guidance for oil and gas leasing.  Utah will implement the new guidance by rotating lease sales based on District Office boundaries.

    BLM Utah conducts oil and gas lease sales quarterly in accordance with federal law. Lease parcels are made up of lands that have been determined to be open for leasing through BLM’s land use planning process, and are either nominated or requested by the public. Once parcels are leased, operators are required to submit exploration or development proposals to BLM who conducts an environmental analysis and applies measures to mitigate impacts before work begins.

    Half of the royalties from mineral development and leasing goes back to the States.

    Not all lands that are leased become developed. Leasing enables companies to secure rights to mineral resources before investing in geophysical testing and other kinds of exploratory techniques to determine if development is economically feasible. Less than one percent of all BLM-lands is developed for oil and gas resources. 

    2014
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    November 18, 2014

    Green River District Office
    (Price, Vernal Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: January 6, 2014
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
          - June 13 - July 14, 2014
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:  
          - August 15, 2014
    Protest Period Ends: 
          - September 15, 2014

    2015
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    February 17, 2015

    Canyon Country District Office
    (Moab, Monticello Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: April 7, 2014
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
          - September 19 - October 20, 2014
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:  
          - November 14, 2014
    Protest Period Ends: 
          - December 15, 2014

    May 19, 2015

    Color Country District Office
    (Cedar City, Kanab, Richfield, St. George Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: July 7, 2014
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
          - December 19, 2014 - January 23, 2015
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:  
          - February 13, 2015
    Protest Period Ends: 
          - March 16, 2015

    August 18, 2015

    West Desert District Office
    (Fillmore, Salt Lake Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: October 6, 2014
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
          - March 20 - April 20, 2015
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:  
          - May 15, 2015
    Protest Period Ends: 
          - June 15, 2015

    November 17, 2015

    Green River District Office
    (Price, Vernal Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: January 5, 2015
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
          - June 12 - July 13, 2015
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:  
          - August 14, 2015
    Protest Period Ends: 
          - September 14, 2015

    Sales will begin at 9:00 a.m. 
    The room will open at 7:45 a.m.

    *EOI is an "Expression of Interest." Parcels are considered for a sale if the EOIs are submitted before the cutoff date. 

    Past Lease Sale Information

    2014 August Sale Information
    2014 May Sale Information


    2013 November Sale Information
    2013 August Sale Information
    2013 May Sale Information
    2013 February Sale Information

    2012 November Sale Information 
    2012 August Sale Information 
    2012 February Sale Information 

    Lease Sale Archive 

     

    Pending Protested Leases
       (Waiting on BLM's determination to grant
       or deny protest)

    Suspended Leases
        (IBLA or District Court) Pending BLM
        Analysis

    Deferred Lands List

    Lands Available for Lease Within the 2 Year Window

     

     


    Oil and Gas Leasing Qs and As for Industry

    General Oil and Gas Leasing Qs and As