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High Plains District Office
Release Date: 01/21/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for High Plains District Portion of
August 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District (HPD) is seeking public comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the HPD portions of the August 2014 oil and gas lease sale.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the HPD contains 117 individual parcels (totaling 48,128 federal mineral acres) varying in size from 39.47 to 2,007.71 acres.  Forty parcels are located within the Buffalo Field Office, 41 within the Casper Field Office, and 36 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, Nebraska RMP ROD approved in May 1992, 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, 59 parcels (28,956 federal mineral acres); and under Alternative C, Offer All Parcels for Sale, 87 parcels (38,497 federal mineral acres).

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act 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, WY 82604.  Comments can be e-mailed to with “August 2014 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 19, 2014.

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: 01-21-2014