BLM seeks public input on proposed February 2017 oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District is seeking public input on parcels that have been nominated for the agency’s competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for February 2017. BLM officials said they will use the comments received in preparing an environmental assessment that analyzes potential impacts associated with leasing the nominated parcels.

The agency is specifically seeking 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,” according to a BLM news release.

The project information is available online and comments may submitted electronically using the BLM ePlanning website at: http://go.usa.gov/xcQCh.

The proposed parcel list and maps are also available for review at both the Monticello and Moab Field Offices.

Written comments and those submitted through the ePlanning website will be accepted until Aug. 25.

Written comments should include the subject line, “Canyon Country District February 2017 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale.” Written comments may be mailed to the Moab office at: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood Ave., Moab, Utah 84532; or to the Monticello office at: Monticello Field Office, 365 N. Main St., Monticello, Utah 84535.

All comments, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time, BLM officials said. 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, according to the news release. 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.

The BLM administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.

For additional information, please contact Cliff Giffen at 435-587-1524.