For Immediate Release Media Contact: Megan Crandall, (801)539-4020
Date: Aug. 16, 2013
Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Green River District Office today posted the list of parcels proposed for auction at the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Nov. 19, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Posting initiates a 30-day public protest period.
The list includes 82 proposed parcels covering 143,982 acres in the Price and Vernal Field Offices. The Price Field Office contains 75 parcels covering 138,476 acres; the Vernal Field Office has seven parcels covering 5,506 acres. All 75 parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plans for the Price and Vernal Field Offices.
All protests must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Sept. 16, 2013. For information on how to file a timely protest, please refer to the November 2013 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, which can be accessed online at:
Hard copies of the sale notice may also be obtained in person from the BLM-Utah State Office Public Room at the address listed above.
Written protests may be mailed to: BLM-Utah State Office at 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; or faxed to the attention of Justin Abernathy at (801)539-4237.
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
The competitive oral auction will take place at the BLM-Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. The sale room opens at 7:45 a.m. to allow potential bidders to register and obtain a bidder number. The competitive oral auction will begin at 9 a.m.
For additional information about oil and gas leasing in Utah please contact Justin Abernathy at (801)539-4067. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and replies are sent during normal business hours.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land – the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. 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 Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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