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INFORMATION NOTICE
West Desert (August 2015) and Green River District (November 2015) Oil and Gas Lease Sales Will Be Combined - Draft Environmental Assessment Public Comment Period Temporarily Postponed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District Office (WDDO) competitive oil and gas lease sale that was scheduled for August 18, 2015, has been postponed and combined with the Green River District Office (GRDO) oil and gas lease sale that is scheduled for November 17, 2015. The consolidated WDDO and GRDO oil and gas lease sale will be held on November 17, 2015.

In light of the relatively small number of potential lease parcels under consideration for the WDDO oil and gas lease sale that was scheduled for August 18, 2015, combining that lease sale with the GRDO oil and gas lease sale scheduled for November 17, 2015, is anticipated to improve efficiency by allowing for certain aspects of the workloads for the two lease sales to be consolidated.

A draft of an environmental assessment (EA) that addresses the potential offering of certain lands within the WDDO for oil and gas leasing at the lease sale to be held on November 17, 2015, will be posted for a public review and comment period that begins on March 27, 2015, and ends on April 27, 2015. The public review and comment period for that draft EA had previously been sheduled for March 20 to April 20, 2015.

Except for the public comment periods for draft EAs prepared by the WDDO and the GRDO, the consolidated WDDO/GRDO oil and gas lease sale will conform to the schedule for future postings and public review periods previously established for the November 17, 2015, competitive oil and gas lease sale.

Additional information regarding upcoming postings and public involvement periods for the consolidated WDDO/GRDO oil and gas lease sale has been provided below. Any questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Kent Hoffman of this office at (801) 539-4063.

West Desert District / Green River District Combined Lease Sale Schedule

March 27 to April 27, 2015
WDDO - Draft EA Public Comment Period

June 12 to July 13, 2015
GRDO - Draft EA Public Comment Period

August 14, 2015
WDDO/GRDO - Notice of Competitive Lease Sale / Revised EAs Posted

August 14 to September 14, 2015
WDDO/GRDO - Protest Period

November 17, 2015
WDDO/GRDO - Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Auction


West Desert District Draft Environmental Assessment
 Comment Period

BLM is offering a 30 day public comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) prepared for the combined oil and gas lease sale scheduled for November 17, 2015. The public comment period is open from March 27 to April 27, 2015.

Comments for the West Desert District EA may be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Fillmore Field Office
Attn: Cindy Ledbetter
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, Utah  84631
or by fax to (435) 743-3135
Electronic comments may be submitted to:
blm_ut_fm_comments@blm.gov
Please refer to "August 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 West Desert District is available on BLM Utah's Environmental Notificant Bulletin Board (ENBB). Links are also posted below.

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

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - August 2015

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles

 

 

 


 May 19, 2015, Lease Sale Information

Results
   Sale Results 
   Bidders List 
   Competitive Statistics One 
   Competitive Statistics Two 
   Available Non-Competitive

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

Errata 5-11-2015 
   Attachment
Errata 5-12-2015 

Protest Information Notice 
   WildEarth Guardians

Maps of Proposed May 2015 Parcels

Statewide Map 

   Map 1     Map 2     Map 3     Map 4     Map 5     Map 6 

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 May 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale is available on BLM Utah's Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB). Links are also posted below.

Cedar City Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2015-0009-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Richfield Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2014-036-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA) 
   - Map 1   Map 2   Map 3   Map 4
Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - May 2015

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles


 

 


FISHLAKE NATIONAL FOREST RECORD OF DECISION

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah has issued a record of decision (ROD) adopting the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and ROD prepared by the United States Forest Service (USFS) for oil and gas leasing on lands administered by the Fishlake National Forest.

Information Notice
BLM ROD
Attachment 1 - Fishlake National Forest Appeal Resolution
Attachment 2 - Appeal Form 1842-1

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.

    2015
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    November 17, 2015

    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:  
        - August 14, 2015
    Protest Period Ends: 
        - September 14, 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

    2016
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    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:
        - November 13, 2015
    Protest Period Ends:
        - December 14, 2015

    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 18, 2015-January 21, 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 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