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High Plains District Office
Release Date: 02/07/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for High Plains District Portion
of August 2012 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The BLM High Plains District is seeking public comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the High Plains District portions of the August 2012 oil and gas lease parcel offering.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the High Plains District contains 99 individual parcels (totaling 38,643 federal mineral acres) varying in size from 39.5 to 2,273.08 acres. Six parcels are located within the Buffalo Field Office, 76 within the Casper Field Office and 17 are in the Newcastle Field Office. They are offered in compliance with the Buffalo Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD) approved in October 1985, the Casper RMP ROD approved in October 2007, and the Newcastle RMP ROD approved in September 2000.

The draft EA is available online at: . Three alternatives are analyzed: under Alternative A, the No Action, no parcels would be offered for lease; under Alternative B, the Proposed Action, 83 parcels or partial parcels (29,890 federal mineral acres) would be offered with a recommendation to defer 17 parcels or partial parcels (10,038 federal mineral acres) from the August 2012 Lease Sale; and under Alternative C, Offer All Parcels for Sale, 94 parcels (35,658 federal mineral acres) would be offered with 4 parcels (2,548 federal mineral acres) recommended deferral due to non-resource related issues.

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and help identify issues, concerns, and mitigation opportunities not covered in the EA. Mail or deliver written comments to: Mike Robinson, High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Comments can be e-mailed to with “August 2012 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until March 8, 2012.

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 are 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, are made available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information, please contact Mike Robinson at (307) 261-7520 or e-mail .

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 Plains District Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 02-07-2012