BLM - Bureau of Land Management

10/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/01/2019 11:37

BLM Colorado evaluating oil and gas leasing proposals

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public scoping comments on approximately 39,256 acres of public lands proposed for the upcoming March 2020 competitive oil and gas lease sale in Jackson, Las Animas, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The public scoping period starts today, October 1 and ends October 15, 2019.

Before beginning an environmental analysis, the BLM would like to hear from the public about issues that should be considered.

Maps, parcel lists, lease stipulations, instructions for submitting comments, and local contact information for the Kremmling, Little Snake, and White River field offices are available online on the BLM ePlanning website at

Scoping comments will need to be received by October 15, 2019 and may be submitted online at The next opportunity for the public to provide comment will be a 30-day public review and comment period on draft environmental assessment documents.

The State of Colorado receives 48 percent of proceeds from each lease sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government. In 2018, BLM Colorado sold 103 parcels totaling 67,980 acres for a total of $5,750,756 including rentals and fees. In Fiscal Year 2018, oil and gas development on public lands managed by the BLM in Colorado contributed an estimated $6.9 billion to the economy. Statewide, approximately 30,600 jobs are tied to oil and gas development on BLM-managed public lands.

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.