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INFORMATION NOTICE
West Desert (August 2015), Green River District & Fishlake National Forest (November 2015) and Canyon Country District (February 2016)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District Office (WDDO) and Green River District Office (GRDO) competitive oil and gas lease sale which includes parcels in the Fishlake National Forest that was scheduled for November 17, 2015, was postponed and has been combined with the Canyon Country District Office (CaCDO) oil and gas lease sale that is scheduled for February 16, 2016.

In light of the combined oil and gas sale for February 16, 2016, BLM is posting a new Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) which will include a new protest period from December 8, 2015, to January 11, 2016.


May 17, 2016, Lease Sale Information

BLM is offering a 30 day public comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) prepared for the May 2016 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The public comment period is open from December 17, 2015, to January 20, 2016. All comments must be received by 4:30 pm on January 20, 2016.

Comments for the Color Country District EA may be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Richfield Field Office
Attn: Stan Andersen
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Utah 84701
or by fax to (435) 896-1550
Electronic comments may be submitted to:
utrfmail@blm.gov
Please refer to "May 2016 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 impacts (FONSI) are available on BLM Utah's Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) for the Color Country District EA. Links are also posted below.

Color Country District
Richfield Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2016-0002-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - May 2016

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

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February 16, 2016, Combined West Desert/Green River/Canyon Country Districts and Fishlake National Forest Lease Sale Information 

The February 2016 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) protest period will reopen from December 8, 2015, to January 11, 2016. Previously received protests will still be considered. The public comment period on the environmental assessments (EAs) for the West Desert/Green River Districts closed on July 13, 2015, and for the Canyon Country District closed on October 19, 2015.

Written protests may be mailed or faxed (801-539-4237) to the Utah State Office, attention Sheri Wysong by 4:30 pm on January 11, 2016. Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained within the NCLS. The NCLS can be accessed on this oil and gas leasing webpage or at the Utah State Office's public room.

Sale Information 
   Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) 
   Bidder Registration Form
   Lease Bid Form 

West Desert District Sale List 
   Stipulations & Notices 
   Deferred Lands List 

Green River District Sale List 
   Stipulations & Notices 
   Deferred Lands List

Canyon Country District Sale List 
   Stipulations & Notices 
   Deferred Lands List 

Fishlake National Forest Sale List
   Stipulations & Notices

Maps of Proposed February 2016 Parcels

Statewide Map

West Desert District
Map 1      Map 2      Map 3      Map 4      Map 5

Green River District
Map 6      May 7      Map 8      Map 9      Map 10    Map 11
Map 12    Map 13    Map 14    Map 15    Map 16    Map 17
Map 18    Map 19    Map 20    Map 21 

Fishlake National Forest Map 22 

Canyon Country District
Map 23    Map 24    Map 25

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 impacts (FONSIs) are available on BLM Utah's Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) for the West Desert District and Price EAs, and the Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) for the Vernal and Moab EAs. Links are also posted below.

West Desert District
Fillmore Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-W020-2015-0004-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Vernal Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G010-2015-089-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Price Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G021-2015-0031-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 

Fishlake National Forest Supporting Documents

Canyon Country District
Moab Field Office
NEPA number DOI-GLM-UT-Y010-2015-0186-EA 
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - West Desert 2015

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles

 

 

 

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - Green River 2015

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles

 

 

 

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - Fishlake NF 2015

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles

 

 

 

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - Canyon Country 2016

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles

 

 

 


 
LIMITATIONS ON CREDIT CARDS

On March 4, 2015, the BLM National Operations Center issued Information Bulletin (IB) No. OC-2015-019, containing changes to allowable methods of payment to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). To reduce the fees that the Federal Government incurs for credit card processing, the Department of the Treasury is limiting the dollar value allowed for credit card collections. The following changes will take place regarding credit card usage at the BLM Utah oil and gas auctions, effective June 1, 2015.

  • Individual transactions will be limited to $24,999.99. This limit has been lowered from the current amount of $49,999.99 and now applies only to credit card transactions.
  • Customers are prohibited from splitting the total amount due into multiple payments. Splitting an amount owed into several payment transactions violates the credit card network and Fiscal Service rules.
  • An amount owed that exceeds $24,999.99 may not be split into two or more payment transactions in the same day by using one or multiple cards.
  • Additionally, an amount owed that exceeds $24,999.99 may not be split into two or more transactions over multiple days by using one or more cards.
  • 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-2015-019. 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

     

     

     


    INFORMATION NOTICE
    Publishing Expressions of Interest (EOIs)

    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.

    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.

    2016
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    February 16, 2016

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

    *EOI Cutoff: October 6, 2014
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
        - March 27-April 27, 2015
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:  
        - December 8, 2015
    Protest Period Ends: 
        - January 11, 2016

    February 16, 2016

    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:  
        - December 8, 2015
    Protest Period Ends: 
        - January 11, 2016

    February 16, 2016

    Canyon Country District Office
    (Moab, Monticello Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: April 6, 2015
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
        - September 18-October 19, 2015
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
        - December 8, 2015
    Protest Period Ends:
        - January 11, 2016

    May 17, 2016

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

    *EOI Cutoff: July 6, 2015
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
        - December 17, 2015-January 20, 2016
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
        - February 11, 2016
    Protest Period Ends:
        - March 14, 2016

    August 16, 2016

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

    *EOI Cutoff: October 5, 2015
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
        - March 17-April 18, 2016
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
        - May 12, 2016
    Protest Period Ends:
        - June 13, 2016

    November 15, 2016

    Green River District Office
    (Price, Vernal Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: January 4, 2016
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
        - June 9-July 11, 2016
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins: 
        - August 11, 2016
    Protest Period Ends:
        - September 12, 2016

    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

    2015 May Sale Information
    2015 February Sale Information

    2014 November 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

    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

     

     


    General Oil and Gas Leasing Instructions