BLM to offer Hogback parcels north of Rifle for lease |

BLM to offer Hogback parcels north of Rifle for lease

RIFLE, Colorado ” The Bureau of Land Management will offer up two parcels encompassing 2,818 acres for lease for potential oil and gas development on the Hogback northeast of the Roan Plateau during its February lease sale.

The acreage is located to the east of Colorado Highway 13 and near the Rio Blanco-Garfield county line, an area that residents and environmentalists have proposed to be set aside as designated wilderness area.

Stipulations to protect big game winter habitat cover all of the two parcels, according to BLM lease information. Other parts of the parcel are also covered by a no-surface-occupancy stipulation, which requires operators to drill from other areas to reduce surface disturbances.

The acreage is a part of the 133,054 acres that will be up for auction during the BLM’s quarterly lease sale on Feb. 12 next year.

An interactive map detailing the lands up for auction is available at

National BLM policy requires that all protests filed on nominated parcels must include the specific serial number of the parcel being protested and must be received by the BLM either by mail, hand delivery, or fax by 4 p.m. Jan. 28, according to the BLM. If a protest is filed by fax, it must be sent to (303) 239-3799.

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