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Northwest Garfield County sage-grouse area parcels in September BLM oil and gas lease sale

A map shows the areas of northwest Garfield and southern Rio Blanco counties where parcels will be available in the September oil and gas lease sale.
BLM map

Several public land parcels in Garfield County north of Parachute that were part of the deferred greater sage-grouse habitat are included in the quarterly Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas lease sale to occur Sept. 26.

The BLM announced recently that it will offer 83 parcels, totaling approximately 78,691 acres, in the lease sale. The sale will take place online via http://www.energynet.com. Bidding is to begin at 9 a.m. Mountain Time.

According to a press release, parcels are being offered for lease in the Royal Gorge, Kremmling, Little Snake and White River field offices in Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Weld, and Jackson counties.

Environmental documents, parcel lists and maps, lease stipulations, and other relevant documents can be found online at 
the BLM ePlanning site.

The latest lease sale includes 75 parcels totaling approximately 69,058 acres of previously deferred Greater Sage-Grouse habitat, according to the release.

“Parcels located within Greater-Sage Grouse habitat will comply with the March 2019 Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment,” the BLM stated in its sale announcement.

“The BLM continues to work with the state of Colorado to ensure responsible energy development through thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing and potential resource impacts of decisions to lease in identified big game habitat,” the release states.

The sales are limited to 10-year leases. Public comments on the proposed lease sales will be accepted until Aug. 26. Protests may be submitted to the BLM’s Colorado office or online at https://bit.ly/2Z5PIYd.

BLM oil and gas lease statistics

According to the BLM, for fiscal year 2018:

  • Oil and gas development on public lands managed by the BLM in Colorado contributed an estimated $6.9 billion to the economy.
  • BLM Colorado sold 103 parcels totaling 67,980 acres for a total of $5,750,756 including rentals and fees.
  • Statewide, approximately 30,600 jobs are tied to oil and gas development on BLM-managed public lands.
  • The state of Colorado receives 48 percent of the proceeds from each lease sale, with the remainder going to the federal government.

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