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High Desert District
Release Date: 05/09/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Seeks Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment for
November 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 November 2012 competitive oil and gas lease sale parcel offering.

The 87 parcels located within the HDD include five parcels in the Kemmerer Field Office; one in the Pinedale Field Office (PFO); 39 in the Rawlins Field Office; and 42 in the Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO).

The PFO parcel and portions of two RSFO parcels located in areas designated as unavailable for oil and gas leasing through the Pinedale and Rock Springs Resource Management Plans have been removed from the offering.

The draft EA addresses the impacts of offering the remaining 86 parcels and partial parcels that have been determined to be available for oil and gas leasing and is available online at

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

Mail or deliver written comments to the BLM HDD, Attn: Kimberlee Foster, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, WY 82901; fax to 307-352-0329; or email to with “November 2012 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, 
June 8.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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: 05-09-2012