Colorado Upcoming Oil and Gas Lease Sales

The Oil & Gas Lease Sales map below shows parcels proposed to be offered for lease by the Bureau of Land Management. This interactive map shows current and upcoming lease sales and their conflicts with wildlife and natural areas. More information on upcoming leases is shown below the map.

Advice on how to use the map: Zoom in to see conservation conflicts. Click on parcels or conservation conflict areas for more information. Scroll through pop-ups for multiple overlapping areas by clicking on the right triangle/arrow.

 

December 2018 Lease Sale (12/7/2018)

Environmental Assessment (posted 8/27/2018)

  • Comments on the Environmental Assessments (EAs) are due Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Information about the proposed sale and how to comment is available on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sale webpage and on the December 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease e-planning website with additional documents on the December 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale EA websites for the Royal Gorge and Uncompahgre Field Offices.
  • BLM is proposing to offer:
    • 12 parcels/5,336 acres in the Royal Gorge Field Office with 2 parcels/3,147 acres in Las Animas County and 10 parcels/2,190 acres in Weld County.
    • 5 parcels/7,903 acres in the Uncompahgre Field Offices with 2 parcels/6,276 acres in Delta County and 4 parcels/1,626 acres in Gunnison County. One parcel includes portions in both counties. Three additional parcels in Delta County have been removed.
  • Parcels proposed: Google Earth kmz | zipped shapefile (yellow=sale and green=deleted/removed)
  • Conflicts identified include:
    • overlaps with cutthroat trout habitat
    • overlaps with bald eagle habitat
    • possible conflicts with McCown’s longspur
    • overlaps with Canada lynx habitat
    • possible conflicts with plains sharp-tailed grouse habitat
    • overlaps with Purgatoire Canyon CNHP potential conservation area
  • ABI Screen,  a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Lease Sale Scoping (posted 7/2/2018)

  • Comments are due July 17, 2018. Information on how to comment is available on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Leasing webpage with additional information on the December 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sale ePlanning website.
  • According to the GIS data available, CO BLM is proposing to offer 227 parcels/237112 acres including:
    • 3 parcels/497 acres in the Colorado River Valley Field Office (2 parcels/476 acres in Garfield County, 1 parcel/21 acres in Mesa County)
    • 14 parcels/19078 acres in the Grand Junction Field Office (11 parcels/18546 acres in Garfield County, 3 parcels/532 in Mesa County)
    • 43 parcels/34403 acres in the Kremmling Field Office (all in Jackson County)
    • 47 parcels/44714 acres in the Little Snake Field Office (28 parcels/27549 acres in Moffat County, 19 parcels/17166 in Routt County)
    • 11 parcels/14792 acres in the Little Snake/White River Field Offices (all in Moffat County)
    • 12 parcels/5337 acres in the Royal Gorge Field Office (2 parcels/3147 acres in Las Animas County, 10 parcels/2190 acres in Weld County)
    • 9 parcels/7873 acres in the Uncompahgre Field Office (5 parcels/6183 acres in Delta County, 4 parcels/1691 acres in Gunnison County)
    • and 90 parcels/110419 acres in the White River Field Office (11 parcels/16386 acres in Garfield County, 8 parcels/7695 acres in Moffat County, and 71 parcels/86338 acres in Rio Blanco County).
  • Significant conservation conflict overlaps include:
    • Cutthroat trout habitat
    • Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
    • Bald eagle habitat
    • Black footed ferret release sites
    • Colorado Pikeminnow designated critical habitat
    • Colorado State Wildlife Areas
    • Columbian sharp-tailed grouse lek sites, lek buffer zones, production areas and winter range
    • DeBeque Phacelia critical habitat
    • Element occurrences of several important species and habitat types
    • Greater sage-grouse lek buffer zones, priority habitat management areas, and production areas
    • Lands to inventory for wilderness characteristics
    • Lands with wilderness characteristics
    • Lynx winter and denning habitat
    • Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
    • Parachute beardtongue critical habitat
    • Plains sharp-tailed grouse lek buffer zones, lek sites and production areas
    • CNHP potential conservation areas
    • White River penstemon proposed critical habitat
    • White-tailed prairie dog areas
    • Black Mountain wildlerness study area
  • Lease sale parcels Scoping: Google Earth kmz | zipped shapefile
  • ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

 

September 2018 Lease Sale (9/6/2018)

Lease Sale Notice (posted 7/20/2018)

  • Protests must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, July 30, 2018. Information on how to protest is available in the Sale Notice on the September 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease e-planning website with more information in the Press Release.
  • BLM is proposing to offer 20 parcels/ 8,160 acres total in the Royal Gorge and Colorado River Valley Field Offices, spread across portions of Baca, Garfield, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lincoln, Mesa, and Weld Counties.
  • Parcels proposed: Google Earth kmz | zipped shapefile
  • Conflicts identified include overlaps with:
    • Cutthroat trout habitat
    • Plains sharp-tailed grouse areas
    • Lynx habitat
    • Lesser prairie chicken lek buffer zones
    • Lands within 10 miles of a national park or monument
  • ABI Screen,  a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Environmental Assessment (posted 3/22/2018)

  • Comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) are due Friday, April 6, 2018. Information about the proposed sale and how to comment is available on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sale webpage and on the September 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease e-planning website with additional documents documents on the September 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale EA website. and more information in the press release.
  • BLM is proposing to offer 11 parcels/18,358 acres in Huerfano County; 2 parcels/795 acres in Kiowa County; 3 parcels/395 acres in Lincoln County; 2 parcels/720 acres in Washington County; and 7 parcels/1,495 acres in Weld County.  All parcels are in the Royal Gorge Field Office.
  • Parcels proposed: Google Earth kmz | zipped shapefile (yellow=sale and green = partial deferral)
  •  Conflicts identified include:
    • overlaps with important areas for plains sharp-tailed grouse and  Colorado Natural Heritage Program Potential Conservation Area (Central Shortgrass)
    • possible conflicts with mexican spotted owls.
    • parcels adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area
    • parcels adjacent to upper tier Colorado Roadless Areas on the San Isabel National Forest.
    • overlaps with the Wolf Springs Ranch (now Aught-Six ranch) which was part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ranching for Wildlife program and includes lands with a conservation easement through Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
    • Proposed parcels within one mile of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Note that these parcels are across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of the park in the Wet Mountain Valley.
    • Maps: Overview Map, maps showing conflicts with species and special areas and maps showing conflicts with game species.
  • ABI Screen,  a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Scoping (posted 12/4/2017) ABI Screen. Maps: Overview Map, maps showing conflicts with species and special areas, maps showing conflicts with game species, and maps showing nearby oil and gas development.

June 2018 Lease Sale (6/7/2018)

Lease Sale Notice (posted 4/20/2018)

  • Protests must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, April 30, 2018. Information on how to protest is available in the Sale Notice on the June 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease e-planning website with more information in the Press Release.
  • BLM is proposing to offer 64 parcels/58,694 acres total in the Kremmling, Little Snake, and White River Field Offices.  The proposal includes 17 parcels/8,480 acres in Jackson County, 22 parcels/23,192 acres in Moffat County, 25 parcels/25,582 acres in Rio Blanco County, and 2 parcels/1,440 acres in Routt County.
  • Parcels proposed: Google Earth kmz | zipped shapefile
  • Conflicts identified include overlaps with:
    • Cutthroat trout habitat
    • Colorado pikeminnow critical habitat
    • Bald eagle areas
    • Columbian sharp-tailed grouse areas
    • Greater sage-grouse areas (including PHMA)
    • Area of Critical Environmental Concern (Dudley Bluffs  ACEC)
    • Citizens proposed ACECs
    • Colorado Natural Heritage Program Potential Conservation Areas (Dudley Bluffs, Piceance Creek)
    • State wildlife areas
    • Lands with Wilderness Characteristics inventoried by the BLM
  • ABI Screen,  a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness, and other resource values.

Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA – posted 12/6/2017) ABI Screen. Maps: Overview Map, maps showing conflicts with species and special areas, maps showing conflicts with game species, and maps showing nearby oil and gas development.

Sale Scoping (posted 9/5/2017) ABI Screen. Maps: Overview Map, maps showing conflicts with species and special areas, maps showing conflicts with game species, and maps showing nearby oil and gas development.

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