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High Desert District
Release Date: 10/06/10
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Seeks Comments on Draft EA for May 2011 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The BLM High Desert District is seeking public comment on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the May 2011 oil and gas lease parcel offering.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations contains 34 individual parcels varying in size from 81.24 to 2556.64 acres. Ten parcels are located within the Rawlins Field Office and 24 are in the Kemmerer Field Office. They are offered in compliance with the Rawlins Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD) approved in Dec. 2008 and the Kemmerer RMP ROD approved in May 2010. Based on RMP decisions, 15 entire and five partial parcels located within areas that are designated as unavailable for oil and gas leasing are removed from the offering.

The draft EA is available online at: Three alternatives are analyzed: 1) Under the No Action Alternative, no parcels would be offered for lease; 2) Under the Proposed Action Alternative, 10 entire and 5 partial parcels would be offered with a recommendation to defer several parcels or parts of parcels from the May lease sale; and 3) Under the Maximum Offering Alternative, 14 entire and 5 partial parcels would be offered with no recommended deferrals.

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act process and help to identify issues, concerns, and mitigation opportunities not covered in the draft EA.  Mail or deliver written comments to: Bill Lanning, Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale WY 82941. Comments can be e-mailed to with “May 2011 Lease Parcels” in the subject line.  Comments will be accepted until close-of-business on Friday, November 5, 2010.

The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, e-mail addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individual identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information please contact Bill Lanning at 307-367-5318 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 01-11-2011