Oil and Gas Lease Sales


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.

May 19, 2015, Lease Sale Information

BLM is offering a 30 day public comment period on two environmental assessments (EAs) prepared for the May 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The public comment period is open from December 19, 2014, to January 23, 2015. All comments must be received by 4:30 pm on January 23, 2015.

Comments for both Cedar City and Richfield Field Office EAs may be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Richfield Field Office
Attn: Joe Manning (Cedar City EA)
Attn: Stan Anderson (Richfield EA)
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Utah  84701
or by fax to (435) 896-1550

Electronic comments may be submitted to: 
Cedar City EA  utccmail@blm.gov 
Richfield EA utrfmail@blm.gov
Please refer to "May 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 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)


Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - May 2015


UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83






February 17, 2015, Lease Sale Information

The February 2015 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) protest period is from November 14, to December 15, 2014. The public comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) closed on October 20, 2014.

Written protests may be mailed or faxed (801-539-4237) to the Utah State Office, attention Justin Abernathy by 4:30 pm on December 15, 2014. Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained within the NCLS. The NCLS can be accessed on this 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 
   Parcels for Sale 
   Stipulations & Notices
   Deferred Lands List

Maps of Proposed February 2015 Parcels

Map 1          Map 2          Map 3          Map 4          Map 5 
Map 6          Map 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        Map 22

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 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, Monticello Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-Y020-2014-026-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA)
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)


Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - February 2015


UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83






 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.


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





    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. 

    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 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

    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

    Deferred Lands List

    Lands Available for Lease Within the 2 Year Window



    General Oil and Gas Leasing Instructions

    Oil and Gas Leasing FAQs