BLM Releases Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley Field Offices’ Resource Management Plans


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Upper Colorado River District Office

Media Contact:

Steven B. Hall
Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Grand Junction Field Office and Colorado River Valley Field Office Resource Management Plans.

The Draft Supplemental EIS was completed in response to court decisions on both plans and considers an expanded range of alternatives for oil and gas management throughout the two field offices. It also reanalyzes air quality to include post-production greenhouse gas emissions. Decisions in both Resource Management Plans unrelated to fluid mineral management remain in effect as the BLM prepares the Supplemental EIS.

“Public participation is key to the development of Resource Management Plans. This new analysis will ensure the BLM’s management of these areas will best serve our multiple use mission for the future,” said Upper Colorado River District Manager Greg Larson.

Today’s publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register initiates a 90-day public comment period on the Draft Supplemental EIS. In addition, this notice also announces the opening of a 60-day comment period for Areas of Critical Environmental Concern proposed for designation in the preferred alternative. The public may submit comments via the BLM National NEPA Register.

The BLM will announce dates of upcoming public meetings on BLM National NEPA Register. The next steps following the public comment period will include the final Supplemental EIS and a Record of Decision.

For additional information, please contact Erin Jones at or (970) 244-3008.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.