UTAH OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES

BLM Utah conducts oil and gas lease sales quarterly in accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act, when eligible lands are available for lease. Lease parcels are made up of lands that have been determined to be open for leasing through BLM’s land use planning process, and are nominated by the public. Once parcels are leased, operators are required to submit exploration or development proposals to BLM who conducts an environmental analysis and applies measures to mitigate impacts before work begins.

Half of the royalties from mineral development and leasing goes back to the States.

Not all lands that are leased become developed. Leasing enables companies to secure rights to mineral resources before investing in geophysical testing and other kinds of exploratory techniques to determine if development is economically feasible. Less than one percent of all BLM-lands is developed for oil and gas resources.

If you would like to nominate lands for a lease sale, please submit an Expression of Interest. As of June 2, 2018, BLM Utah requests all Expressions of Interest be submitted through the National Fluid Lease Sale System (NFLSS) at https://nflss.blm.gov/. No filing fee or rental is required to submit an EOI. Click here for more information on EOIs.

The BLM now conducts lease sales online via www.energynet.com. Please refer to each sale notice for more information on how to register, bid and spectate at online oil and gas auctions.

View current and recent oil and gas lease sale notices and results below.

National Historic Preservation Act and Leasing

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), leasing has been determined as both an action (NEPA; 40 C. F. R. 1508.18a) and an undertaking (NHPA; 36 C. F. R. 800.16y). As such, and per 36 C. F. R. 800.8(a)(1): Federal agencies are encouraged to coordinate compliance with section 106 and the procedures in this part with any steps taken to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Agencies should consider their section 106 responsibilities as early as possible in the NEPA process, and plan their public participation, analysis, and review in such a way that they can meet the purposes and requirements of both statutes in a timely and efficient manner.

If you have input regarding BLM's responsibilities for managing historic properties, and would like to be a consulting party, please follow the links below to the relevant lease sale NEPA document, and click on "How to Get Involved."

2022 Lease Sales

Q1 2022 Internet-Based Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Green River District
 (Vernal & Price Field Offices)
Canyon Country District (Moab Field Office)

The BLM has received a number of requests for extension and also notes that its web servers have experienced technical issues during the current comment period. The BLM is extending the public comment period by 10 days on the NEPA documents posted for the Eastern States, New Mexico , Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Montana/Dakotas and Wyoming lease sales planned for Quarter 1, 2022 to ensure adequate public involvement.

Public comment period for BLM Utah is extended to December 11, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. MST.

BLM is offering a 30-day comment period on six parcels proposed for the First Quarter 2022 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The public comment period begins November 2, 2021, and ends on December 1, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. MST. Comments must be submitted electronically via the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) by clicking on the NEPA project link below. Comments submitted by other means will not be accepted.

Please note the the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences, or comments that are essentially identical to other comments, will not be specifically addressed, but may be considered in the decision-making process. Before you include your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your person identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time.

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the scoping documents for the First Quarter 2022 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2021-0007-EA (The link works best in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)

 

2021 Lease Sales

Week of March 29, 2021:  Internet-Based
Canyon Country District 
(Moab Field Office)
Green River District (Vernal Field Office)
Fishlake National Forest

The oil and gas lease sale scheduled for March 29, 2021 has been postponed.

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the EA, parcel list, maps, and shape files for the March 2021 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2021-0002-EA (The link works best
in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)

2020 Lease Sales

March 10, 2020:  Internet-Based
Green River District
 (Vernal Field Office)

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the environmental documents, parcel lists, maps, and shape files for the March 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. 

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2020-0001-OTHER_NEPA (The link works best in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)


June 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Canyon Country District (Moab Field Office)
Grand and San Juan Counties

The oil and gas lease parcels that were originally scheduled to be identified in the Notice of Competitive Lease Sale and protest period for June 2020 have been incorporated into the September 2020 oil and gas lease sale.


September 29, 2020:  Internet-Based
Color Country District (Richfield Field Office)
Green River District (Price and Vernal Price Field Offices)
West Desert District (Fillmore Field Office)
Duchesne, Emery, Juab, Sanpete, Sevier, and Uintah Counties

Competitive Sale Results Competitive Sale Summary Competitive Sale Statistics

 

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the EA, NCLS, maps, and shape files for the September 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2020-0004-EA (The link works best in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)

 


December 8, 2020:  Internet-Based
Color Country District
(Cedar City Field Office)
Canyon Country District& (Moab Field Office)
Green River District (Vernal Field Office)
Grand, Iron, and Uintah Counties

Competitive Sale Results

Bidders List

Competitive Sale Summary

Errata 12/4/2020

NCLS

Lease Bid Form

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the EA, NCLS, maps, and shape files for the December 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2020-0005-EA (The link works best in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)

2019 Lease Sales

March 25-26, 2019: Two-Day Internet-Based
Vernal and Salt Lake Field Offices

(Box Elder, Daggett, Duchesne, Grand, Summit, and Uintah Counties)

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page located on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning) where you can navigate to the environmental documents, maps and shape files for the March 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2019-0001-OTHER_NEPA


June 11, 2019: Internet-Based
Salt Lake Field Office

(Box Elder County)

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the environmental documents, maps and shape files for the June 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2019-0002-OTHER-NEPA


September 9-11, 2019: Three-Day Internet-Based
Color Country, Green River, Canyon Country Districts and Salt Lake Field Office

(Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Grand, Iron, Morgan, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, and Uintah Counties) 

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the EAs, maps and shape files for the September 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2019-0003-OTHER_NEPA


December 10, 2019: Internet-Based
Canyon Country and Green River Districts, and Richfield Field Office
(Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, and Uintah Counties)

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the environmental documents, parcel lists, maps, and shape files for the December 2019 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. 

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2019-0005_Other-NEPA-EA

2018 Lease Sales

March 20, 2018: Internet-Based
Canyon Country District Office
(Grand and San Juan Counties)

The EA, unsigned findings of no significant impact (FONSI), DNA, Protests and shape files for the March 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning).

Links provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the above listed items.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-Y010-2017-0240-EA
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-Y010-2017-0285-DNA


June 12, 2018: Internet-Based
Color Country District Office, Vernal Field Office, Utah; and Pocatello Field Office, Idaho

(Beaver, Sevier, Wayne, Duchesne Counties, Utah and Bonneville County, Idaho)

The EAs, DNAs, unsigned findings of no significant impact (FONSIs) and shape files for the June 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning). 

Links provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the EA, DNAs, etc.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2018-0005-EA
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C010-2018-0004-DNA
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G010-2018-0046-DNA


September 11, 2018: Internet-Based
West Desert District, Price and Richfield Field Offices

(Emery, Juab, Rich, Summit, Utah and Wayne Counties)

The EAs, unsigned findings of no significant impact (FONSIs) and shape files for the September 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning).

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the EAs, unsigned finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and shape files for the September 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2018-0001-EA


December 11, 2018: Internet-Based
Statewide

The link provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page located on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning) where you can navigate to five environmental documents, maps and shape files for the December 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-0000-2018-0003-OTHER_NEPA

2017 Lease Sales

March 23, 2017: Internet-Based
Canyon Country District Office
(Grand and San Juan Counties)

The Decision Record, findings of no significant impact (FONSIs), EAs, protests and responses for the March 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning).

Links provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the above listed items.

Canyon Country District EA
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-Y020-2016-0042-EA


June 13, 2017: Internet-Based
Color Country District Office

(Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne and Washington Counties)

The Decision Record, findings of no significant impact (FONSIs), EAs, protests and responses for the June 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning).

Links provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the above listed items.

Richfield Field Office EA, Signed Decision Record and FONSI
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2017-0001-EA


September 12, 2017: Internet-Based
West Desert District

(Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Juab, Millard, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch and Weber Counties)

The Decision Record, findings of no significant impact (FONSIs), EAs, protests and responses for the September 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning).

Links provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the above listed items.

Fillmore Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-W020-2017-0001-EA

St. George Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C030-2017-0010-EA


December 12, 2017: Internet-Based
Green River District
(Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery and Uintah Counties)

The Decision Record, findings of no significant impact (FONSIs), EAs, protests and responses for the December 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register (ePlanning).

Links provided below will take you to the NEPA project home page where you can navigate to the above listed items.

Vernal Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G010-2017-0028-EA

Price Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G020-2017-0030-EA

2016 Lease Sales

December 13, 2016: Internet-Based

Green River District

Decision Record
Finding of No Significant Impacts
Environmental Assessment

Protests & Protest Decisions (located at the bottom of the ePlanning Documents page)

Sale Results
Available Non-Competitive
Bidders List
Competitive Sale Statistics

Errata 12-9-2016


February 16, 2016

West Desert/Green River/Canyon Country Districts/Fishlake National Forest

2015 Lease Sales

May 19, 2015

Cedar City and Richfield Field Offices

February 17, 2015

Canyon Country District

Point of Contact

Leasing NEPA Questions:
   Angela Wadman
   Branch Chief, Fluid Minerals
   Telephone: 801-539-4052

Expressions of Interest/Day of Sale Questions:
   
Leslie Wilcken
   Land Law Examiner
   Fluid Mineral Leasing
   Telephone: 801-539-4112

Utah State Office
440 West 200 South, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Email: blm_ut_lease_sales@blm.gov *

*Please do not submit comments on Lease Sale environmental documents or Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) to the above address. To ensure your comments are considered, follow the instructions provided under the Lease Sale Tabs. Any comments on APDs submitted here will not be addressed.