BLM defers North Fork Valley Parcels from oil and gas lease auction

February 6, 2013

 On February 6, 2013 BLM announced that it will remove all of the parcels in the North Fork Valley (Colorado) that it had planned to offer for oil and gas leases at its February 14 auction.  The BLM had been using a very old resource management plan.   CWF in conjunction with NWf had filed a protest because leasing decisions should be made with a resource management plan that reflects the realities on the ground now rather than in the 1980's.



Release Date: 02/06/13

Contacts:   Steven Hall (303) 945-5476;    

BLM to Offer Nearly 90,000 Acres at February Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sale BLM Defers North Fork Valley Parcels from Sale (02-06-13)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it will offer 151 parcels totaling 88,578 acres for oil and gas development at its February 14, 2013, lease sale.  In response to extensive public comments, the agency will defer all 20 parcels totaling 20,555 acres in the North Fork Valley from the sale. 
“We’ve listened to concerns raised in numerous comments and public meetings and we are responding by deferring the North Fork Valley parcels at this time,” said Colorado State Director Helen Hankins.  “We are addressing the deferred parcels through continued dialogue with the local community and with ongoing planning efforts in the Uncompahgre Field Office.”
Federal oil and gas parcels offered for lease are nominated by oil and gas companies and then reviewed by the BLM to determine the appropriateness of potential development.   Approved parcels are offered at one of the BLM's quarterly sales, which are required by law.
“This decision is consistent with our reform efforts that emphasize a comprehensive approach to oil and gas leasing so as to ensure that energy development occurs in the appropriate places,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Pool. "I want to thank Helen Hankins for her leadership and efforts to work closely with local communities as this moves forward.” 
The BLM’s quarterly oil and gas lease sale will be held at 9:00 am on February 14 at the BLM Colorado State Office, which is located at 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colo 80215 ( 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands. 

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