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UTAH OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES

BLM Utah conducts oil and gas lease sales quarterly in accordance with federal law. 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 either nominated or requested 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.

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

2017 Lease Sales

March 23, 2017: Internet-Based
Canyon Country District Office

Written protests may be mailed or faxed (801-539-4237) to the Utah State Office, attention Sheri Wysong by 4:30 p.m. on December 12, 2016. Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained within the NCLS. 

Protest Period: November 9 - December 12, 2016 

Note: The Bidder Registration Form and Lease Bid Form 3000-2 will be provided at https://www.energynet.com. Parcels may be viewed online at the EnergyNet website approximately 10 business days after this posting.


June 15, 2017: Internet-Based
Color Country District Office

INFORMATION NOTICE

In response to the National Park Service and interest from other parties, the Bureau of Land Management will extend the public comment period from the original end date of  February 10 to March 9, 2017, for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed oil and gas lease parcels in the St. George Field Office (FO). 

As a result of this extension, the BLM will consider offering the St. George FO parcels at the September 2017 oil and gas lease sale rather than the June 2017 oil and gas lease sale as previously proposed. The parcels in the Richfield Field Office jurisdiction are still be considered for the June 2017 oil and gas lease sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLM is offering a 30-day public comment period on two environmental assessments (EAs) prepared for the June 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale. The public comment period is open from January 10 to February 10, 2017. Written comments will be accepted by letter or email and must be received by 4:30 pm on February 10, 2017.

Comments for the Richfield Field Office EA may be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Richfield Field Office
Attn: Cindy Ledbetter
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Utah 84701
or by fax to (435) 896-1550
Electronic Comments may be submitted to:
utrfmail@blm.gov
Please refer to "June 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale" in the subject line of your correspondence.

Comments for the St. George Field Office EA may be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
St. George Field Office
Attn: Dave Corry
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, Utah 84790
or by fax to (435) 688-3252
Electronic Comments may be submitted to:
utsgmail@blm.gov
Please refer to "June 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale" in the subject line of your correspondence.

The associated EAs, unsigned findings of no significant impacts (FONSIs), and shapefiles are available on BLM Utah's Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) for the Richfield and St. George Field Offices EAs.

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

Richfield Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-C020-2017-0001-EA

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

  • Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins: March 9, 2017
  • Protest Period Ends: April 10, 2017

Week of September 11, 2017: Internet-Based
West Desert District

  • EOI Cutoff: October 3, 2016
  • Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA: March 30 - May 1, 2017
  • Tentative Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins: June 1, 2017
  • Protest Period Ends: July 3, 2017

Week of December 11, 2017: Internet-Based
Green River District

  • EOI Cutoff: Januray 3, 2017
  • Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA: June 22 - July 24, 2017
  • Tentative Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins: August 31, 2017
  • Protest Period Ends: October 2, 2017

2016 Lease Sales

2015 Lease Sales

2014 Lease Sales

2013 Lease Sales

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Point of Contact

Sheri Wysong
Fluid Mineral Leasing Coordinator
Utah State Office
440 West 200 South, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Emailswysong@blm.gov *
Telephone: 801-539-4067

*Please do not submit comments on Lease Sale Environmental Assessments (EA) to the above address. To ensure your EA comments are considered, follow the instructions provided under the Lease Sale Tabs.