Bureau of Land Management Colorado evaluating oil and gas leasing proposals
Agency seeks public input on proposals for upcoming June 2021 competitive oil and gas lease sale
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public scoping comments on approximately 34,252 acres of public lands proposed for the upcoming June 2021 competitive oil and gas lease sale in Las Animas, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.
The BLM’s lease sales are an important element of the Trump Administration's America-First Energy Plan, an all-of-the-above strategy that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals, and renewable sources – all of which can be produced on public lands.
Before beginning an environmental analysis, the BLM would like to hear from the public about issues that should be considered. Maps, parcel lists, lease stipulations, instructions for submitting comments, and local contact information for the Little Snake, Royal Gorge and White River field offices are available online on the BLM ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xABt4.
The State of Colorado receives 48 percent of proceeds from each lease sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government. In Fiscal Year 2018, oil and gas development on public lands managed by the BLM in Colorado contributed an estimated $6.9 billion to the economy. Statewide, approximately 30,600 jobs are tied to oil and gas development on BLM-managed public lands.
The public scoping period starts today, December 29 and comments will need to be received by January 13, 2021 and may be submitted online on ePlanning. The next opportunity for the public to provide comment will be a 30-day public review and comment period on draft environmental assessment documents.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 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.