08-09-16 BLM seeks comments on parcels offered in February 2017 oil and gas lease sale…

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BLM seeks comments on parcels offered in February 2017 oil and gas lease sale

DURANGO, Colo.  – The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office is accepting public comments on its proposal to lease 16 parcels totaling about 17,000 acres at the Feb. 9, 2017, quarterly oil and gas lease sale.

Today, the field office released a preliminary Determination of National Environmental Policy Act Adequacy that addresses the proposed lease parcels, which are located in Archuleta, Dolores, Montezuma and San Miguel counties.

Each parcel, if leased, will be subject to lease terms and protective stipulations designed to address potential impacts to other resources while ensuring safe and environmentally responsible development. The preliminary DNA, parcel lists and maps, and the required stipulations for each proposed parcel are available online athttp://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease/2017/february_2017_lease.html.

Written comments must be received by Thursday, Sept. 8, and may be submitted to the BLM Tres Rios Field Office, Attention: February 2017 Lease Sale, 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, Colorado 81323 or via email to rjoyner@blm.gov. The most effective comments refer to a specific parcel and its associated resources.

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 can 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.

The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale. In Fiscal Year 2015, Colorado received approximately $247 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, more than 22,900 jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.

Submitted to The BARN by:

Courtney Whiteman, Public Affairs Specialist, 303-239-3668