U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Desert District
|Release Date: 11/01/11|
BLM Seeks Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is seeking public input on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the May 2012 competitive oil and gas lease sale parcel offering.
The 252 parcels located within the HDD include 45 parcels in the Kemmerer Field Office (KFO); 67 in the Rawlins Field Office; and 140 in the Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO). One parcel crosses the KFO and RSFO field office boundaries.
Three parcels in the RFO and six parcels in the RSFO are located in areas designated as unavailable for oil and gas leasing through the Rawlins and Rock Springs Resource Management Plans. Portions of 13 other parcels are also located in areas designated as unavailable. The nine complete parcels, as well as portions of the other 13, have been removed from the offering.
The EA addresses the impacts of offering the remaining 243 parcels and partial parcels that have been determined to be available for oil and gas leasing.
The complete draft EA is available online at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/og-ea/2012/may.html.
Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and written comments are especially helpful. The public is encouraged to identify and submit issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities not covered in the draft EA to help ensure the best possible analysis and plan.
Mail or deliver written comments to HDD Resource Advisor, BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 W. Pine St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; fax to 307-367-5329; or email to BLM_WY_HDD_May2012_Lease_Parcels@blm.gov with “May 2012 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments are due on or before close-of-business on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
For more information, please contact Bill Lanning at 307-367-5318.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
High Desert District 280 Highway 191 North Rock Springs WY 82901
|Last updated: 11-01-2011|
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