BLM seeks public input on proposed oil, gas lease sale

MOAB — The Bureau of Land Management’s Canyon Country District is seeking input on parcels nominated for the February 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

The BLM will use any comments received as it prepares an environmental assessment analyzing potential impacts associated with leasing the nominated parcels.

The proposed parcel list and maps are available for review at both the Monticello and Moab field offices of the BLM, addresses below. The project information can also be accessed and comments may be submitted electronically using the BLM ePlanning website.

The public is encouraged to provide comments that identify issues or concerns that will influence the scope of the analysis, the selection of parcels for the sale or the development process for the environmental assessment.

Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 25.  The BLM asks commenters note the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action.

Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but will be considered as appropriate as part of the lease sale planning process.

Reference the “Canyon Country District February 2017 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale” when submitting written comments.

Written comments may be mailed to either of the following addresses:

Bureau of Land Management

Moab Field Office

82 E. Dogwood Ave.

Moab, Utah 84532

Bureau of Land Management

Monticello Field Office

365 N. Main St.

Monticello, Utah 84535

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.

All submissions from organizations and businesses – and individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses – will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

In addition to the National Environment Policy Act, individuals can participate in the proposed project’s National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process. To provide input in this process, please submit requests to the BLM Moab Field Office explaining your interest in the project or concerns with potential effects related to historic properties from the project.

For additional information, contact Cliff Giffen at 435-587-1524. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The Federal Information Relay Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

About the BLM

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.

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