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High Desert District
Release Date: 04/22/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for November 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is seeking public input on the environmental assessment (EA) for the November 2013 Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale parcel offering.

Thirty-nine (39) entire or partial parcels will be offered within the HDD, including two (2) parcels in the Kemmerer Field Office; one (1) in the Pinedale Field Office; twenty-six (26) in the Rawlins Field Office; and eleven (11) in the Rock Springs Field Office. One parcel falls within the boundaries of both the Rawlins and Rock Springs field offices and is included in the totals for each.

Forty-four (44) lease parcels were originally nominated and proposed for inclusion in the sale. Two (2) entire and four (4) partial parcels, totaling 7,045.68 acres, are deferred for Greater Sage-Grouse core habitat and manageability using the Fluid Mineral Leasing Screen in BLM guidance (WY-2012-019).

In addition, the Wyoming State Director has temporarily deferred three (3) entire and one (1) partial parcel totaling 1,647.17 acres for Greater Sage-Grouse conservation. These temporary deferrals are pending completion of the Greater Sage-Grouse resource management plan amendment process in the Rock Springs, Kemmerer, Pinedale and Rawlins field offices.

The EA addresses the impacts of offering the remaining 39 entire and partial parcels determined to be available for oil and gas leasing. It 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 EA to help ensure the best possible analysis and plan.

Mail or deliver written comments to the BLM HDD, Attn: Tom Foertsch, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, WY 82901; fax to 307-352-0329; or email to with “November 2013 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22.

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 Tom Foertsch at 307-352-0249.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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: 10-31-2014