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May 21, 2014 Oil & Gas Lease Sale

Note: Due to the Government Shutdown between October 1-16, 2013, the Oil and Gas Lease Sale originally scheduled for May 7, 2014 has been rescheduled to May 21, 2014. Several posting dates for public notice have also changed. The updated schedule is reflected on this web page.

Field Offices with parcels in this lease sale:

Miles City Field Office


Documents and links will be posted as they become available on the publish dates listed below.


Date(s) Available


 Public Scoping

Publish Date: October 21, 2013

Comment Period: October 21 - November 5, 2013

Submit comments to Miles City Field Office (Comment Period Closed)

Two week public scoping period of nominated lease parcels including the field offices preliminary recommendations and stipulations. Stipulation summaries, GIS shapefiles, and maps are also provided. This allows the public an opportunity to provide comments which are then analyzed and incorporated into the final environmental analysis as appropriate.

 30 Day Public Review

Publish Date: December 16, 2013

Comment Period: December 16, 2013 - January 14, 2014

Submit Comments to Miles City Feild Office
(Comment Period Closed)

Thirty day public review and comment period of the lease sale Environmental Assessment (EA) and the unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Comments received from the public will be analyzed and incorporated into the environmental analysis as appropriate.

Lease Sale Notice and Protest Period

Publish Date: February 20, 2014

Protest Period: February 20 - March 22, 2014

Submit Protests to:
BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings MT, 59101

The Sale Notice includes a list of all sale parcels, legal descriptions, applicable stipulations, and questions and answers about the lease sale process. This section will also include amendments to the original sale notice if changes are made before the sale.

Decision Record & Signed FONSI

Publish Date: On or before May 22, 2014 Signed FONSI and Decision Record (DR) for Leasing EA and Lease Sale.

Sale Results (May 21 Sale Date)


Publish Date: May 22, 2014

Summary of the lease sale results. It includes the total number and acreage of parcels sold and the net revenue (bonus bids, fees and first-year rentals) generated from the sale.


Public Comment

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.