<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:13:05 -0700 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Draft Business Plan for Baker Dam Recreation Area (Issued 12/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/blm_seeks_public_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/blm_seeks_public_comment.html Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:13:05 -0700

St. George, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah St. George Field Office is seeking public comment on a draft business plan for the Baker Dam Recreation Area—a recreation fee site located on BLM-managed public lands in Washington County, Utah.   ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Environmental Assessments for May 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Issued 12/17/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/blm_seeks_comment.html Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:57:53 -0700 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Color Country District is seeking public comment on environmental assessments (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer 14 parcels covering 15,062 acres in the Richfield and Cedar City Field Offices at the May 2015 oil and gas lease sale. The EAs analyzed 23 parcels covering 25,874 acres.

 
Additional information about the proposed parcels is included in the EAs, which are now available for public review and comment.  Electronic copies of the EAs can be found online at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/energy/oil_and_gas/oil_and_gas_lease.html
 
Hard copies of the EAs can be obtained in person at the BLM-Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101 or the Richfield Field Office, 150 East 900 North, Richfield, Utah, 84701.
 
The public review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2015. 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 that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference the “May 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale” when submitting comments and indicate whether your comment pertains to the Richfield, Cedar City or both EAs prepared for the May 2015 lease sale. 

Richfield Field Office EA comment addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Richfield Field Office
Attn: Stan Anderson
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Utah 84701
 
Email
 
Fax
(435)896-1550
 
Cedar City Field Office EA comment addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Richfield Field Office
Attn: Joe Manning
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Utah 84701
 
Email
 
Fax
(435)896-1550
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. 
 
For further sale-specific information, contact Justin Abernathy at (801)539-4067. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
 
To learn more about BLM-Utah oil and gas lease sales visit: 
 

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Input on Proposed Gas Pipeline (Issued 12/17/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/blm_seeks_public_input.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/blm_seeks_public_input.html Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:55:47 -0700 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah, Moab Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal from Gray Canyon Energy for a 10-inch buried natural gas pipeline. The proposed pipeline would transport dry natural gas from the existing Greentown Gas Processing Facility southwest of Green River, Utah, to the Green River Oil Upgrade facility in Green River, where it would be used to help power operations. The proposed pipeline, which would parallel existing Grand County roads, also includes construction of 1.25 miles of railway along a section of Union Pacific Railroad to minimize impacts to mainline passenger and freight service.  

 
A general description of the proposed project and a map are available on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at: https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “Gray Canyon”)
 
Interested members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas, additional information, or raise issues of concern that will guide development of alternatives and the environmental planning process. Written scoping comments will be accepted by letter or email through Jan. 20, 2015. Please reference “Gray Canyon” when submitting comments. Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following address:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
Attn: Gray Canyon Energy ROW
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532 
 
Email:
blm_ut_mb_comments@blm.gov
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time.  Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. 
 
For additional information, please contact Jan Denney at (435)259-2100.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ Temporary Two-Year Target Shooting Closure on Lake Mountains Enacted (Issued 12/15/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/temporary_two-year.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/temporary_two-year.html Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:06:53 -0700 Closure continues to protect public safety in the area

 
Salt Lake CityThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office (SLFO) has issued a new public safety target shooting closure on approximately 900 acres of public land on the Lake Mountains. This temporary closure effects the same lands included in the December 2012 closure, which expires this year, and protects public health and safety in the area for another two years. The new closure continues to protect the public, local residents, recreationists, and passing motorists on the lower slopes of the Lake Mountains from errant gunfire. It also provides the BLM with the time needed to complete a land use plan amendment; the land use plan amendment process offers the public opportunities to participate in determining a more permanent solution to the management of target shooting in the Lake Mountains.
 
“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.  However, multiple-use does not mean every use on every acre,” said Salt Lake Field Office manager Bekee Hotze. 
 
“This area is close to a state highway and residential homes, and a number of shooting-caused fires have occurred in the past. Since the closure in 2012, volunteers have worked hard to clean up the area and there haven’t been any near-misses from ricocheting bullets People are really starting to feel safer about the area and have even begun riding ATVs there again,” she added.
 
Additional actions have been taken by private land owners, Utah County and other BLM partners to support the closure. Utah County is in the process of completing a fence along the west side of State Route 68, and barricades have been installed in certain areas to reinforce the county’s fence. Utah County also has plans to develop a nearby shooting range. The adjacent cities of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain have expressed interest in developing a trail system in the Lake Mountains, as well.
 
Public access will continue on specific routes, and the closure will be patrolled regularly. Signs will continue to be posted along Highway 68 and at all road intersections notifying the public that the area is closed to target shooting.  Anyone violating the closure may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both.  Violators may also be subject to additional fines. The area remains open to motor vehicle use and other forms of recreation such as hiking, biking, and sightseeing.  Lake Mountain also remains open to hunting during legally established hunting seasons. The public is reminded that all motor vehicles must remain on existing routes.
 
A map of the target shooting safety closure area is located online at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake.html

The Federal Register notice announcing the closure may be viewed as a pdf online at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-29277.pdf ]]> <![CDATA[ Little Sahara Recreation Area Visitor Center to Close for Winter (Issued 11/25/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/little_sahara_recreation.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/little_sahara_recreation.html Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:12:07 -0700 Fillmore, Utah¾The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah - Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA) visitor center will close for winter from Nov. 30, 2014, through Feb. 12, 2015. While the center is closed, BLM staff will not be available to assist LSRA visitors, but the recreation area will remain open.

 
Water to the RV flush/dump station, the White Sands Campground, and all of the flush restrooms will be shut off.  The vault toilets will remain open throughout the winter in all of the campgrounds.  The flush/dump station will remain open during the winter, but no water will be available.

Frost free potable water systems will remain in service and available. “For visitor convenience, the BLM-Utah Fillmore Field Office installed a new water system at the Oasis and Jericho Campgrounds and a new fill station at Sand Mountain.  This new water system ensures that visitors will have water at these campgrounds throughout the year,” said Jay Cram, LSRA outdoor recreation planner. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Extends Public Comment Period for Solar/Wind Competitive Leasing Proposed Rule and Announces Webinar (Issued 11/20/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_extends_public.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_extends_public.html Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:56:54 -0700 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period for the proposed rule that would promote the use of "designated leasing areas" that include the Bureau of Land Management’s Solar Energy Zones. The proposed rule would establish competitive processes, terms, and conditions (including rental and bonding requirements) for solar and wind energy development right-of-ways both inside and outside the designated leasing areas, and would provide incentives for leases in designated leasing areas. The proposed rule also includes some minor provisions regarding electric transmission and pipeline rights-of-way.

 
The proposed rule was initially published on September 30, 2014 (http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/nr_09_25_2014.html) with a 60-day comment period closing on December 1, 2014.  The BLM is extending the comment period for 15 days beyond the end of the initial comment period. As a result of this extension, the comment period will close on December 16, 2014.

The BLM will host a webinar for interested parties on Wednesday, December 3, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST to discuss the competitive leasing proposed rule and answer any questions. The dial-in number for the webinar is: 1-888-324-4391; Passcode 7595414. The address for the webinar is: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/blmleasing/. For more information regarding the webinar, please contact Jayme Lopez by telephone at 202-912-7547, or by email at j06lopez@blm.gov. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Right-of-Way for Indian Creek ATV Trail (Issued 11/19/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_public_comment2.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_public_comment2.html Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:35:08 -0700 Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing an application submitted by San Juan County for a right-of-way (ROW) for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail in the Indian Creek area.

San Juan County requested a ROW that would allow for construction, maintenance, and use of an ATV trail that could connect ATV use on designated routes in the Lockhart Basin to designated routes in the Bridger Jack Mesa areas.  The County’s proposal calls for an ATV trail that would have a tread width of approximately five feet.  The proposed ROW would have an overall width of 10 feet to allow for meeting and passing of vehicles and would also allow for maintenance work and placement of signs and barriers within the ROW. The ATV route alternatives analyze trail alignments from approximately 5.2 miles to 6.4 miles in length. Two parking areas would be constructed. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Grazing EIS Preliminary Draft Alternatives (Issued 11/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_comment.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:59:44 -0700 Kanab, Utah— The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the preliminary draft alternatives for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Livestock Grazing Monument Management Plan Amendment and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (MMP-A/EIS). Comments will be considered as the BLM develops the draft MMP-A/EIS that will replace existing grazing management decisions.

The public is invited to meet with GSENM staff, learn more about the preliminary draft alternatives, and provide written comments during three public open houses December 2 – 4, 2014. All meetings will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The December 2 meeting is at the Utah State Capitol Building, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City; the December 3 meeting takes place in Kanab at the Kane County Search and Rescue Facility located beside the airport on South Highway 89A; and the December 4 meeting is being held at the Interagency Visitor Center at 755 West Main Street in Escalante, Utah. ]]> <![CDATA[ Second Call for Nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Issued 11/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/second_call_for_nominations.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/second_call_for_nominations.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:37:08 -0700

The Bureau of Land Management today announced a second call for public nominations over a 30-day period to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  To be considered for appointment, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 18, 2014, or postmarked by the same date. The BLM announced its second formal request for nominations in today’s Federal Register (November 18) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-18/pdf/2014-27273.pdf  . ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-Utah Quarterly Oil and Gas Lease Sale Results (Issued 11/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm-utah_quarterly.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm-utah_quarterly.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:09:34 -0700

SALT LAKE CITYThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah received bonus bids totaling $4,876,823 for 64 parcels covering 64,701 acres at the quarterly oil and gas lease sale held today at the BLM-Utah State Office in Salt Lake City. ]]>