FOIA Reading Room

Welcome to the BLM’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Room. The Freedom of Information Act was established to make the federal government accountable to the public for its actions and requires more transparency in agency policies. It also allows members of the public to request records from various Federal government agencies.

The BLM already has numerous manuals, policies and data online for public viewing. Please explore our website before making a FOIA Request. What you are looking for may already be posted. 

View additional helpful information through the following links:

Below are records released under FOIA. The records may include emails, reports, maps, etc. pertaining to frequently FOIA requested items. 

(Does not search in attachments)

Alaska

FOIA Request BLM-2018-01137 seismic exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
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BLM- 2018-01137 FOIA request is for seismic exploration records generated, obtained or received by the BLM since April 1, 2018.

If you would like more background and planning effort information about seismic exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge please visit the ePlanning Project page.

Full Document: FOIA Request BLM-2018-01137 seismic exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

FOIA Request BLM-2018-00691: Oil and Gas Planning, Exploration, Leasing and Development on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
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On April 3, 2018, the following FOIA request (BLM-2018-00691) was made by Defenders of Wildlife related to planning, exploration, leasing and development of oil and gas resources on the Coastal Plain (Section 1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge since November 15, 2017.

Learn more about the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS project.

 

Full Document: FOIA Request BLM-2018-00691: Oil and Gas Planning, Exploration, Leasing and Development on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona

Kirkland Mining Company - 10-23-2018

Interim release #4 dated 10-23-2018.  Remaining responsive documents will be added when available.

NOTE:  Due to the number of documents in this release, the files have been zipped.

Full Document: Kirkland Mining Company - 10-23-2018

Kirkland Mining Company - 9-26-2018

Interim release #3 dated 9-26-2018.  Remaining responsive documents will be added when available.

Full Document: Kirkland Mining Company - 9-26-2018

Kirkland Mining Company - 4-16-2018

Interim release #2 dated 4-16-2018.  Remaining responsive documents will be added when available.

Full Document: Kirkland Mining Company - 4-16-2018

California

Erskine Fire Investigation Report

The Bureau of Land Management releases a redacted version of the 2016 Erskine Fire origin and cause investigation report prepared by the Kern County Fire Department.  

The redacted report is released pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.  This initial release includes the report and 15 of the 20 attachments.  This report is provided in portable document format (pdf).  This posting will be updated when review of all attachments is completed.

Full Document: Erskine Fire Investigation Report

Attachments:
Cadiz Water Project

The Cadiz Groundwater Storage and Dry-Year Supply Program involves a cooperative effort between Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and Cadiz Inc. to use the groundwater basin underlying part of the Cadiz and Fenner Valleys in San Bernardino County for storage of water from the Colorado River for later use to supply water to Southern California.

Full Document: Cadiz Water Project

Idaho

Utah

Proposed Eastern Utah Regional Connector Highway

Full Document: Proposed Eastern Utah Regional Connector Highway

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's October 2014 letter

Full Document: Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's October 2014 letter