BLM opens public scoping period for June 2021 lease sale

(BILLINGS, Mont.) – The BLM has opened a 15-day public scoping period for nominated oil and gas lease parcels located in Montana and North Dakota. The scoping period runs through February 4, 2021 and is intended to solicit public input on proposed lease parcels for the June 29, 2021 lease sale, including the preliminary recommendations and stipulations.

Parcels proposed for inclusion on the June sale are located in McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams counties in North Dakota.

Updated information on the sale and information on how to submit electronic comments is available online at https://eplanning.blm.gov. Search using the NEPA number: DOI-BLM-MT-0000-2021-0002-EA. Comments can also be mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Montana-Dakotas State Office, Branch of Fluid Minerals, Attn: Christine Cimiluca, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana.

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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