BLM Seeks Comment on Environmental Assessments for November Oil and Gas Lease Sale


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Green River District is seeking public comment on two environmental assessments (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer a total of 74,998 acres comprised of 70 parcels at the November 2014 oil and gas lease sale. The Vernal Field Office proposes to offer 41,090 acres comprised of 41 parcels; the Price Field Office proposes to offer 33,908 acres comprised of 29 parcels.

Additional information about the proposed parcels is included in the EAs, which are now available for public review and comment.

An electronic copy of the Vernal EA can be found on line at:

From the drop down menus select: Utah under state; UT-Vernal FO under office; EA under document type; 2014 under fiscal year; and All under programs, then scan the list for DOI-BLM-UT-G010-2014-0093-EA or Vernal November 2014 Lease Sale.

An electronic copy of the Price EA can be found online at:

Hard copies of both EAs can be obtained in person at the BLM-Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City. Hard copies of the Vernal Field Office EA can be obtained at the Vernal Field Office, 170 South 500 East in Vernal; hard copies of the Price Field Office EA can be obtained at the Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West in Price.

The public review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. on July 14. Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference the “November 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Sale” when submitting comments.

Written comments on the Vernal Field Office EA should be mailed or emailed to:

Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
Attn: Stephanie Howard
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078


Written comments on the Price Field Office EA should be mailed or emailed to:

Bureau of Land Management
Price Field Office
Attn: Don Stephens
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501


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.

For further sale-specific information 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. Replies are sent during normal business hours.

To learn more about BLM-Utah oil and gas lease sales, visit:

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. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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