BLM pulls several parcels from November oil and gas lease sale
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 135 parcels, totaling
129,726 acres, in its November 8, 2007 oil and gas lease sale. The BLM has
made a decision to defer a number of parcels in Grand and Jackson counties
from the sale, in order to conduct additional analysis and public outreach
with local communities.
BLM Colorado Deputy State Director Lynn Rust said “We acknowledge that,
with little Federal oil and gas leasing in Grand County in recent years,
all parties involved will benefit from additional discussions and outreach
on the Federal oil and gas leasing process. To facilitate this outreach
without impending deadlines, I have decided to defer a portion of the
parcels from the November 2007 oil and gas lease sale.” Rust continued, “I
am deferring some additional parcels outside of Grand County, for further
The original decision to offer these proposed lease parcels in the November
competitive oil and gas lease sale was not undertaken lightly. Consistent
with regular practice, BLM thoroughly analyzed each Resource Management
Plan and documented that the planning decisions regarding oil and gas
leasing are still valid in all affected area.
BLM will work with Grand county, as well as local Congressional Delegation
offices, in the near future to facilitate any requested outreach meetings
with the interested public.
The Bureau of Land Management manages 8.3 million acres in Colorado, as
well as 27 million acres of federal sub-surface mineral estate. Under the
1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the BLM’s multiple-use mission
is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use
and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM accomplishes this
by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing,
energy production and mineral development, and by conserving natural,
historical, cultural and other resources on the public lands. BLM Colorado
holds lease sales quarterly, on the second Thursday of February, May,
August and November.
Editor’s note: A more in-depth story on this sale will be published in the Thursday Sky-Hi Daily News.
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