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The Bureau of Land Management Utah issues December oil and gas lease sale notice

SALT LAKE CITY — As part of the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting responsible energy development, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah State Office proposes to offer 21 parcels, totaling approximately 23,648.56 acres, at its oil and gas lease sale on December 8, 2020. The parcels are located in Iron, Grand, and Uintah counties on lands managed by the BLM’s Cedar City, Vernal, and Moab field offices.

The BLM contributes to state and local jobs and revenues by providing opportunities for oil and gas leasing and recreation and plays an important role in supporting a vital economy in Utah. The parcels, if sold, will support well-paying energy industry jobs which contribute to revenues for Utah’s schools and infrastructure projects.

The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com. Parcels may be viewed online at the EnergyNet website approximately 10 business days after the posting of the Notice of Competitive Lease Sale on the BLM website.

Background

The BLM’s lease sales represent parcels that cleared environmental review and public comment. The BLM issues both competitive and non-competitive leases for a 10-year period. The leases are a contract to explore and develop any potential oil and gas. The lease may be extended if the production is established on the lease, otherwise the lease will expire after the primary term of 10 years. The BLM generated a record $1.1 billion from 28 oil and gas lease sales in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The oil and gas industry on public lands in Utah contributed $2.5 billion in total economic output and jobs for FY 2018. Revenues from onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly fund the U.S. Treasury, state budgets and support public education, infrastructure improvements, and other state-determined priorities.

Responsible energy development includes thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts of decisions to lease. An additional environmental review will take place at the Application for Permit to Drill stage, where site specific Conditions of Approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the lease stipulations.

This sale notice initiates a 10-day public protest period that ends on November 2, 2020. Protests may be submitted via mail to the BLM Utah State Office, Attn: Fluid Minerals Branch Chief, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101. The BLM must receive the mailed protests by November 2, 2020. Protests may also be submitted via email to blm_ut_lease_sales@blm.gov with the subject line: December 2020 Protest. Electronic protests must be received by 4:30 p.m. on November 2, 2020. 

Links to the environmental assessments, lists, and maps of the parcels and the attached stipulations, and information on how to file a protest are online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2001127/510Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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