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Release Date: 01/04/12
Contacts: Steven Hall, 303-239-3672    

BLM Extends Deadline for August 2012 Oil and Gas Lease Sale Comments

MONTROSE, Colo. –The deadline for providing comments for the Bureau of Land Management’s August 2012 quarterly oil and gas lease sale on 22 parcels within the Uncompahgre Field Office has been extended from Jan. 9, 2012, to Feb. 9, 2012. This public comment opportunity is the first step in determining whether or not oil and gas leases will be offered on public lands. An environmental assessment and a public lease notice will also provide the public an opportunity to provide input prior to any parcels being offered for sale.

“Comments from local cities and counties requested the deadline extension in order to provide specific details on whether parcels should or should not be leased,” said Barb Sharrow, BLM field manager. “Based on the amount of interest and the requests for additional information, this extension will provide additional time for the public’s input to better inform the BLM’s decision.”

The Uncompahgre Field Office is evaluating about 30,000 acres near Paonia, Hotchkiss, Somerset and Crawford to draft an Environmental Assessment prior to the lease sale. For more information, maps of the parcels and legal descriptions go to Additional information will be made available on the Uncompahgre Field Office web site at

Comments must be submitted in writing to the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, Attn: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401, fax 970-240-5368 or email .

Please note comments and information submitted regarding this project, including email addresses and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review and disclosure.  Individual respondents may request confidentiality.  If you wish to withhold your name, e-mail address, or street address from public view or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment.  Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the law.  All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 01-04-2012