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BLM Seeks Public Comments for Colorado Leases

by Elizabeth Alford on November 15, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments for 2017 oil and gas leases in Colorado.

Related: BLM Now Offering Online Auctions

For the next 20 days, the public is invited to send comments to the BLM as they evaluate offering about 100,000 acres of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado for oil and gas leasing. The proposal includes lease sale in May 2017 for the following:

  • Grand County: 20 parcels totaling 27,529 acres
  • Jackson County: 12 parcels totaling 9,155 acres
  • Moffat County: four parcels totaling 1,928 acres
  • Rio Blanco County: 45 parcels totaling 45,159 acres
  • Routt County: 25 parcels totaling 16,885 acres

Revenue from oil and gas leases are big business in Colorado, where the state receives 49% of the proceeds from each mineral lease sale as well as mineral royalties. For 2015, Colorado received about $247 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. The BLM estimates that more than 22,900 Colorado jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.

“Public involvement is an important part of our evaluation of the proposal,” said Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta. “The most effective comments during this comment period will be specific to the proposal and the environmental assessment.”

In October the BLM announced plans to modernize their oil and gas program by utilizing online auctions. The decision comes after a successful 2009 test online auction in Colorado as a way for the agency to streamline operations and save money.

For those wishing to comment, you need to be aware the comments and personal information may be made publicly available at any time. To participate, send comments to the following by December 12, 2016:

  • Email:  blm_co_may_2017_lease_sale@blm.gov
  • Mail: White Riv
er Field Office, Attn: May 2017 Lease Sale, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641

Read more at BLM.gov

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