The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public scoping comments on it plan to offer approximately 236,010 acres of federal oil and gas leases on public lands managed by the Colorado River Valley, Grand Junction, Kremmling, Little Snake, Royal Gorge, Uncompahgre and White River field offices in the upcoming December 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

Bureau of Land Management is Offering 236,010 Acres of Federal Oil and Gas Land in Colorado

Field Office Locations; Source: BLM

Before beginning an environmental analysis, the BLM seeks to hear from the public about issues that should be considered. The public scoping period starts today, July 2,2018 and ends July 17, 2018.

Land under consideration includes the following:

  • 501 acres in the Colorado River Valley Field Office
  • 19,106 acres Grand Junction Field Office
  • 33,887 acres in the Kremmling Field Office
  • 50,027 acres in the Little Snake Field Office
  • 5,217 acres in the Royal Gorge Field Office
  • 7,903 acres in the Uncompahgre Field Office
  • 119,368 acres in the White River Field Office

The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of proceeds from each lease sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government.

The BLM reported that in FY 2016, Colorado received about $144 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for oil and gas development on public lands. Statewide, more than 22,900 jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands, the bureau said.

Details on the parcels are available on the BLM website.

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