BLM opens public scoping period for September 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 April 21, 2020 and is intended to solicit public input on nominated lease parcels for the September 22, 2020 lease sale, including the preliminary recommendations and stipulations.

Parcels nominated for inclusion on the September sale are located in Dawson, Sheridan, and Richland counties in Montana, and Burke, McKenzie, Williams, Billings, and Slope counties in North Dakota.

Updated information on the sale and information on how to submit electronic comments is available on the BLM ePlanning website at http://ow.ly/gHLv50z2kKA. 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, MT 59101.

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 the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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