Oil and Gas Watch

Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands

Each year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leases thousands of acres of public land to corporations and individuals for oil and gas development. The process, which is documented below, allows for public input, protest, and parcel removal at three separate stages. Rocky Mountain Wild monitors all lease sales in our region and prepares screens that identify conflicts with at-risk species and other conservation values. We share these tools with conservation organizations and the public to increase engagement in this process. We also prepare our own comments and protests on parcels. To date we have been directly involved in the deferral of 2 million acres of public land from oil and gas development.

Up-to-date information on proposed oil and gas leases, including the dates and maps of upcoming lease sales in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, can be found on our Upcoming Oil and Gas Lease Sales page.

Oil and Gas Toolbox

Glossary of terms (PDF)
What is the process for oil & gas leasing:

Oil and Gas Leasing Process