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High Desert District
Release Date: 11/01/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Seeks Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment
for May 2012 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is seeking public input on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the May 2012 competitive oil and gas lease sale parcel offering.

The 252 parcels located within the HDD include 45 parcels in the Kemmerer Field Office (KFO); 67 in the Rawlins Field Office; and 140 in the Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO). One parcel crosses the KFO and RSFO field office boundaries.

Three parcels in the RFO and six parcels in the RSFO are located in areas designated as unavailable for oil and gas leasing through the Rawlins and Rock Springs Resource Management Plans. Portions of 13 other parcels are also located in areas designated as unavailable. The nine complete parcels, as well as portions of the other 13, have been removed from the offering.

The EA addresses the impacts of offering the remaining 243 parcels and partial parcels that have been determined to be available for oil and gas leasing.

The complete draft EA is available online at

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and written comments are especially helpful. The public is encouraged to identify and submit issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities not covered in the draft EA to help ensure the best possible analysis and plan.

Mail or deliver written comments to HDD Resource Advisor, BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 W. Pine St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; fax to 307-367-5329; or email to with “May 2012 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments are due on or before close-of-business on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.

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

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: 11-01-2011