CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming is proposing to offer 105 oil and gas parcels during their March 2020 quarterly lease sale.
Those parcels would total about 118,219 acres, the BLM says.
“In coordination with the State of Wyoming, the BLM is deferring four whole parcels and a portion of one other because they intersect state-designated big game migration corridors,” BLM adds. “This is consistent with Secretarial Order 3362 on improving habitat quality in western big game winter range.”
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“The BLM reviewed all proposed parcels to ensure leasing them conforms to the 2015 Approved Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region, which are currently in effect due to the preliminary injunction of the BLM’s 2019 sage-grouse plan amendments by the U.S. District Court of Idaho.”
The public is able to provide comment on the proposal through Dec. 13.
“To comment on the sale or learn more about the parcels analyzed, please visit the BLM’s ePlanning site at https://go.usa.gov/xpYGJ,” the BLM says. “This site contains the environmental assessment, lists and maps of the parcels, and the stipulations attached to each parcel, as well as an online comment portal.”
“The BLM will review and consider every comment received before preparing a final decision, but specific comments addressing distinct parcels or concerns are most useful.”
The oil and gas leases are not sufficient to allow drilling to begin.
“Before any development can begin, the BLM must approve a separate permit based on further analysis of site-specific plans and conditions,” the announcement adds.
The BLM says that about $117 million was raised through oil and gas lease sales in 2018.
“Nearly half the revenue from each lease sale goes directly to the State of Wyoming and, when leasing results in production, royalties from production are also shared with the state,” they say. “The revenue supports public education, infrastructure improvements and other state-determined priorities. The remainder of the revenue from onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly funds the U.S. Treasury.”