Mamm Creek gas leases pulled from auction |

Mamm Creek gas leases pulled from auction

SILT — A proposal to sell oil and gas leases on some 381 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the Mamm Creek/Beaver Creek region of Garfield County has been pulled from an upcoming lease auction, to give federal land managers time to re-examine the proposed sale.

The land, which actually is two parcels combined into one lease, comprises property in the West Mamm Creek drainage immediately south of Rifle, and land just east of Beaver Creek.

It was to have been part of an auction on Aug. 8, offering leases in Garfield and Moffatt counties, according to federal land managers.

The auction will go ahead as planned.

Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) both acknowledged that the proposed sale has been put on hold, but that it may be offered again as early as another lease auction in November, or perhaps in a year.

The land managers were not certain, they said, as to the exact reason behind the delay of this particular sale.

David Boyd, public information specialist with the BLM’s office near Silt, said he had no specific information about the reason for deferring the lease auction, just that it had been pulled off the table for the Aug. 8 auction.

“Right now we’re just deferring it for further analysis,” said Vanessa Lacayo, a spokesperson for the Colorado BLM office in Denver.

She said she was uncertain whether the further analysis will involve another round of “public scoping” on the lease sale proposal, or whether further public comment will be taken.

That decision, she said, will be up to the USFS.

Jason Gross, a leasing and energy industry liaison between the two federal agencies who works out of the BLM office near Silt, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Lacayo said the analysis of the proposed sale will be conducted jointly by the two agencies, and that any decisions concerning exactly what type of analysis is needed also will be decided jointly.

“What we really want to do is make sure the parcels we are offering make sense,” Lacayo said, explaining that one area of concern may have to do with whether the sales comply with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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