CHEYENNE WNE) — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming released an environmental assessment that analyzes 209 oil and gas parcels, totaling approximately 250,950 acres, for a proposed lease sale that would be held in June 2023.
The release of this environmental assessment starts a 30-day public comment period, which will end Jan. 23.
The BLM completed scoping on these parcels in November and is now seeking public comment on them, potential deferrals and related environmental analysis, according to a news release.
The BLM will use the input from the public to help complete its review of each parcel and determine if leasing of these parcels conforms with all applicable laws, policies and land use plans. All parcels that are leased as part of an oil and gas lease sale include appropriate protections and stipulations, such as seasonal timing limitations and controlled surface use to protect sage-grouse habitat and other important natural resources.
The parcels the BLM is analyzing, as well as maps and instructions on how to comment, are available on the ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/ eplanning-ui/project/2021772/
This BLM lease sale will include updated fiscal provisions authorized by Congress in the Inflation Reduction Act.