The Bureau of Land Management Accepting Comments on Environmental Assessment for Colorado December Quarterly Oil and Gas Lease Sale
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – As part of the Trump Administration’s commitment to responsibly develop our natural resources, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 43 parcels, totaling approximately 47,685 acres in Jackson, Las Animas, Moffat and Weld counties at its December 2020 quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The public comment period on associated environmental documents ends September 14, 2020.
Responsible energy development includes thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts of decisions to lease. An additional environmental review will take place during processing of an Application for Permit to Drill (APD), when site-specific Conditions of Approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the stipulations attached to the lease.
The BLM generated a record $1.1 billion from 28 oil and gas lease sales in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Revenues from onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly fund the U.S. Treasury and state budgets, and support public education, infrastructure improvements and other state-determined priorities.
The oil and gas industry on public lands in Colorado contributed over $6.9 billion in total economic output in FY 2018. Continuous exploration, development, and site restoration is required to sustain production rates, jobs, income and royalties.
Comments on the environmental assessments (EAs) should be submitted through the December 2020 ePlanning Site. The environmental documents, lists and maps of the parcels and attached stipulations are available on the ePlanning Site https://go.usa.gov/xwenh.
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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.