BLM Oil, Gas Lease sales for August; public comment invited on environmental assessments

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management, Utah West Desert District, is seeking public comment on two environmental assessments (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer a total of 66,673 acres comprised of 35 parcels at the August 2014 oil and gas lease sale. The Salt Lake Field Office proposes to offer 64,610 acres comprised of 33 parcels and the Fillmore Field Office proposes to offer 2,063 acres comprised of two parcels. The EAs analyzed 157 parcels covering 305,182 acres.

Additional information about the proposed parcels is included in the EAs, which are now available for public review and comment. Electronic copy of the EAs can be found on the BLM Utah’s oil and gas lease Web page linked here. Or, copies of the Environmental Assessments may be obtained in person as follows:

  • Hard copies of both the Salt Lake Field Office EA and the Fillmore Field Office EA can be obtained in person at the BLM Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City.
  • Hard copies of the Salt Lake Field Office EA can be obtained at the BLM Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd., West Valley City.
  • Hard copies of the Fillmore Field Office EA can be obtained at the BLM Fillmore Field Office, 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, Utah.

Public review and comment

The public review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. on April 21period closes at 4:30 p.m. on April 21.

The BLM suggests the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.

Those submitting comments are asked to reference the “August 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Sale” when submitting comments.

Written comments on the Salt Lake Field Office EA should be mailed or emailed to:

Salt Lake Field Office
Attn: Larry Garahana
2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd.
West Valley City, UT 84119
Email:  blm_ut_sl_mail@blm.gov 

Written comments on the Fillmore Field Office EA should be mailed or emailed to:

Fillmore Field Office
Attn: Cindy Ledbetter
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631
Email: blm_ut_fm_comments@blm.gov

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For further information, contact Justin Abernathy at (801)539-4067. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are sent during normal business hours.

To learn more about BLM-Utah oil and gas lease sales, visit the Web page linked here.

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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