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Release Date: 08/17/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders    

BLM Tres Rios Field Office Accepts Comments for the February 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Sale

DURANGO, Colo. –Today, the Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that analyzes offering 12 parcels in the Feb. 14, 2013, competitive oil and gas lease sale.

The parcels in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Miguel counties consist of 3,369 BLM-managed acres, 7,766 private surface acres and 1,040 acres managed by the State of Colorado. All parcels are federally-owned minerals.  Maps of the parcels and the EA are posted online at

“Reviewing the environmental assessment gives the public an opportunity to submit specific comments on potential parcels in the lease sale, and allows the field staff to incorporate the public input into the analysis,” said Connie Clementson, BLM Tres Rios field manager.

Written comments must be submitted in writing by Sept. 17, 2012, to the Tres Rios Field Office, Attn: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, 29211 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO 81323, fax 970-882-6841 or For additional information on the February Oil and Gas Lease Sale, go to or for general oil and gas leasing information go to

The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale. In Fiscal Year 2011, Colorado received more than $154 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, there are more than 22,900 jobs tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.

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.

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.

Last updated: 08-17-2012