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Release Date: 08/17/12
Contacts: David Boyd    
  Public Affairs Specialist    
  (970) 876-9008    

Oil and Gas lease sale assessment for lands in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties available for public comment

CRAIG, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office today released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering 20 parcels in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties in the Feb. 2013 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

The parcels total 12,038 acres of federal mineral estate, with 47 percent being under BLM-managed lands and 53 percent under non-federal lands. 

BLM considered but deferred offering an additional 39 parcels totaling 51,100 acres because they were in preliminary priority Greater Sage-grouse habitat. These parcels were primarily in Moffat County.

The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available online at and at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson in Craig.

Written comments must be received by Sept. 17, and may be submitted via e-mail to or by mail to Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

For additional information on the February Oil and Gas Lease Sale, visit:

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