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Battle Mountain District Office
Release Date: 02/11/14
Contacts: Mark Ennes , 775-482-7835 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2014-08

BLM Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment for Lands Nominated for Oil and Gas Leasing

Battle Mountain, NV – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District is making available for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) for 139 parcels of public land nominated for lease within the Battle Mountain District in the July 2014 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale. These parcels have the potential for future oil and gas exploration and development. The 30-day public review period concludes March 12, 2014.

The BLM received nominations for 166 parcels of public land to offer for leasing, totaling more than 285,000 acres. The BLM deferred several of the nominated parcels to protect Sage-grouse habitat. Other parcels were removed because of conflicts with existing mining operations. A detailed listing of deferred parcels is available in the EA, which is available for public review, click here to go to the NEPA Project Summary page.

The remaining 139 parcels (230,989 acres) have been analyzed for potential impacts in the EA. Lease stipulations identified in the Shoshone-Eureka (1986) and Tonopah (1997) Resource Management Plans are attached to all parcels to help protect resources.

The sale will be conducted on July 17, 2014. Additional information about the sale is available at

If you have questions or need more information about this project, please contact Mark Ennes, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, Tonopah Field Office, at (775) 482-7835.

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Battle Mountain District Office   50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820  

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