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 December 13, 2016, Internet-Based Lease Sale

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Green River District competitive oil and gas lease sale that was scheduled for November 15, 2016, has been moved to December 13, 2016. The sale will be conducted utilizing the EnergyNet internet-based auction system. Additional details about the internet auction process are included in the December 2016 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS), which can be found below.

December 13, 2016, Internet-Based Lease Sale Information

The December 2016 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale protest period is from October 13 to November 14, 2016. The public comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) closed on July 15, 2016.

Written protests may be mailed or faxed (801-539-4237) to the Utah State Office, attention Sheri Wysong by 4:30 p.m. on November 14, 2016. Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained within the NCLS. The NCLS can be accessed on this oil and gas leasing webpage or at the Utah State Office's public room.

Sale Information
   Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS)
   Sale Parcel List 
   Stipulations & Notices 
   Deferred Lands List

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.

Maps of Proposed December 2016 Parcels

Statewide Map

Map 1        Map 2        Map 3        Map 4        Map 5
Map 6        Map 7        Map 8        Map 9        Map 10
Map 11      Map 12      Map 13      Map 14      Map 15 
Map 16      Map 17      Map 18 

These maps are not fully Section 508 compliant. For information on how to use the data please contact the Utah State Office at (801) 539-4000.

The associated EA and unsigned finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the December 2016 Oil and Gas Lease Sale is available on BLM's Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning). Links are also provided below.

Vernal Field Office
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-G010-2016-033-EA
Environmental Assessment (EA) 
       Errata Sheet
Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - December 2016

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles 

 

 

 


February 21, 2017, Internet-Based Lease Sale Information

The February 2017 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale protest period is from November 9 to December 12, 2016. The public comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) closed on October 17, 2016.

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. The NCLS can be accessed on this oil and gas leasing webpage or at the Utah State Office's public room.

Sale Information
    Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) 
    Sale Parcel List 
    Stipulations & Notices 
    Deferred Lands List 

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.

Maps of Proposed February 2017 Parcels

Statewide Map          Map 1          Map 2          Map 3  

These maps are not fully Section 508 compliant. For information on how to use the data please contact the Utah State Office at (801) 539-4000.

The associated EA and unsigned finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the February 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale is available on BLM's Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning). Links are also provided below.

Canyon County District
NEPA number DOI-BLM-UT-Y020-2016-0042-EA
- Environmental Assessment (EA) 
- Unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 

Dataset:

Oil & Gas Sale Parcels - February 2017

Projection:

UTM Zone 12 Datum NAD83

Download:

Shapefiles 

 

 

 


LIMITATIONS ON CREDIT CARDS

On March 4, 2015, the BLM National Operations Center issued Information Bulletin (IB) No. OC-2015-019, containing changes to allowable methods of payment to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). To reduce the fees that the Federal Government incurs for credit card processing, the Department of the Treasury is limiting the dollar value allowed for credit card collections. The following changes will take place regarding credit card usage at the BLM Utah oil and gas auctions, effective June 1, 2015.

  • Individual transactions will be limited to $24,999.99. This limit has been lowered from the current amount of $49,999.99 and now applies only to credit card transactions.
  • Customers are prohibited from splitting the total amount due into multiple payments. Splitting an amount owed into several payment transactions violates the credit card network and Fiscal Service rules.
  • An amount owed that exceeds $24,999.99 may not be split into two or more payment transactions in the same day by using one or multiple cards.
  • Additionally, an amount owed that exceeds $24,999.99 may not be split into two or more transactions over multiple days by using one or more cards.
  • If you would like to utilize Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments or Fed Wire payments for the balance bonus payment, the instructions are attached to Information Bulletin OC-2015-019. Please contact our Accounting Office at (801) 539-4006 if you need assistance.

SPLIT ESTATE NOTIFICATION

Effective immediately, anyone submitting an informal Expression of Interest (EOI) that certain lands be offered in an oil and gas competitive lease auction and that the EOI includes split estate lands—private surface/Federal minerals—must provide, with the EOI, the name and address of the current private surface owners(s). Whenever a split estate parcel is included in an oil and gas Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will send a courtesy letter to the surface owners(s). The letter will provide the surface owner notice of the scheduled auction as well as information about the BLM’s regulations and procedures for Federal oil and gas leasing and development on split estate lands.

Any EOI including split estate lands that is submitted in the future, or now pending with a BLM State Office, that does not provide the name and address of the surface owner(s) will not be processed by the BLM and such lands will not be placed on a list of lands included in a Notice of Competitive Lease Sale until the required information is provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Wilcken, Land Law Examiner at (801) 539-4112 or lwilcken@blm.gov.

  • Information Regarding Split Estate

  • Map: Federal and SITLA Oil & Gas Leases 


    Map of Federal and SITLA Oil & Gas Leases

     

     

     


    LEASING REFORM

    Washington Office IM 2010-117 establishes new guidance for oil and gas leasing. Utah will implement the new guidance by rotating lease sales based on District Office boundaries.

    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.

    2016
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    December 13, 2016

    Green River District Office
    (Price, Vernal Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: January 4, 2016
    Comment Period for Draft EA
        - June 14-July 15, 2016
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins: 
        - October 13, 2016
    Protest Period Ends:
        - November 14, 2016

     2017
    Oil & Gas
    Tentative Sale Schedule

    February 21, 2017

    Canyon Country District Office
    (Moab, Monticello Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: April 4, 2016
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
    - September 16-October 17, 2016
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
    - November 9, 2016
    Protest Period Ends:
    - December 12, 2016

    May 16, 2017

    Color Country District Office
    (Cedar City, Kanab, Richfield, St. George Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: July 5, 2016
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
    - December 15, 2016-January 17, 2017
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
    - February 9, 2017
    Protest Period Ends:
    - March 13, 2017

    August 15, 2017

    West Desert District Office
    (Fillmore, Salt Lake Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: October 3, 2016
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
    - March 16-April 17, 2017
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
    - May 11, 2017
    Protest Period Ends:
    - June 12, 2017

    November 21, 2017

    Green River District Office
    (Price, Vernal Field Offices)

    *EOI Cutoff: January 3, 2017
    Tentative Comment Period for Draft EA
    - June 8-July 10, 2017
    Posting of NCLS/Protest Period Begins:
    - August 10, 2017
    Protest Period Ends:
    - September 11, 2017

    *EOI is an "Expression of Interest." Parcels are considered for a sale if the EOIs are submitted before the cutoff date. 

    Past Lease Sale Information

    2016 May Sale Information
    2016 February Sale Information

    2015 May Sale Information
    2015 February Sale Information

    2014 November Sale Information
    2014 August Sale Information

    2014 May Sale Information


    2013 November Sale Information
    2013 August Sale Information
    2013 May Sale Information
    2013 February Sale Information

    Lease Sale Archive 

     

    Pending Protested Leases
       (Waiting on BLM's determination to grant
       or deny protest)

    Suspended Leases
        (IBLA or District Court) Pending BLM
        Analysis

    Deferred Lands List (Deferred from Oil & Gas Leasing)

    Lands Available for Lease Over the Counter -2 Year Window

     

     


    General Oil and Gas Leasing Instructions