Upcoming Oil and Gas Lease Sales

This webpage serves to provide the most up-to-date information regarding oil and gas leasing on public lands for the Rocky Mountain West including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

If you would like us to share this Google Calendar with you or if you would like to receive alerts when new screens are performed, please email Alison.

Resources

Information about RMW's Assessment of Biological Impact (ABI) Screen

The Assessment Biological Impact (ABI) Screen is a groundbreaking GIS tool that marries our GIS data to a relational database containing  information about species status and special areas for the purpose of screening proposed development projects and land use plans. The purpose of the tool is for stakeholders to identify and address potential conflicts early in planning processes.

Download our poster for more information about the ABI Screen.  This poster was displayed at the 2011 GIS in the Rockies Conference.

Follow this link to some white papers about the ABI Screen.

The following additional resources are useful for understanding the spreadsheet results from the ABI screen:

Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Leasing Google Earth

Oil and gas leasing data is available in Google Earth format. You can download the data on and add it to the Google Earth application to view the location of existing and proposed leases.

In Google Earth, be sure to zoom in to view individual leases and click on them for more information. To get full information on a specific existing lease parcel, visit BLM’s LR2000 web page.

Existing leases are color coded.  Red leases are Held by Production (according to BLM records) and Purple leases are not. Federal leases generally expire ten years after they are issued but leases that are held by production do not expire.

Data on existing leases is updated approximately twice per year.

Please contact Alison or Paige for more information about these datasets or to request other spatial data in Google Earth format.

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Lease Sale information by State (Online Maps, Documents, Links)

Colorado Lease Sale Information
  • See existing leases and lease sale parcels in Google Earth. Visit our Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Leasing Google Earth drop down above and download lease parcels in Google Earth kml/kmz format.
  • CO BLM Oil & Gas Notice Page – for more information regarding the lease sale from the Statewide BLM Office. 

5/11/2017 Lease Sale

  • 5/11/2017 Lease Sale Scoping ABI Screen.
    • Comments are due by Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Information about the proposed parcels, maps of the parcels, and instructions on how to comment are available on the May 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nominations web page with additional information in the Press Release.
    • Parcels are in the Kremmling, Little Snake, and White River field offices.
    • Conflicts include BLM areas of critical environmental concern, BLM and citizens’ inventoried lands with wilderness characteristics, Colorado Natural Heritage Program potential conservation areas, bald eagle, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, cutthroat trout, greater sage-grouse, rare plants, and white-tailed prairie dog.

2/9/2017 Lease Sale

11/10/2016 Lease Sale

8/11/2016 Lease Sale

  • This sale has been postponed until August 10, 2017.

Archive of Colorado Oil & Gas Lease Sale Screens

Colorado Well Permitting Information

Permit Review

Rocky Mountain Wild is experimenting with reviewing permits to drill for oil and gas that are granted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).  We are reviewing both pending permits and permits that have been approved but have not yet been drilled.  We are screening for permits in areas that are near schools, near water sources, within roadless areas or lands with wilderness characteristics, within proposed Master Leasing Plan areas, or that conflict with important wildlife areas including those identified as restricted surface occupancy (RSO) or sensitive wildlife habitat (SWH) under Colorado Oil and Gas rules.

  • The results of the screen are presented in a spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) format.  Each row of the spreadsheet shows information for one of the pending permits or approved permits plus a type of resource (water, school, wildlife) found at or near the permit location.  If the resource has a name (such as for a school or a stream) that is included as well.  If a pending permit or approved permit location overlaps more than one type of resource, there will be multiple rows in the spreadsheet for that permit.
  • The screen summaries show the number of pending permits or approved permits that are within the area for a type of conflicting resource.
  • You can find more information about pending permits including the public process for commenting on pending permits on the COGCC Permits web page.
  • You can find more information about approved permits by doing a Facilities Inquiry on the COGCC Colorado Oil and Gas Information System Database web page.  Note that the three digits after the first hyphen (-) in the API Number are the county code and the five digits after the second hyphen (-) are the sequence code.  So API Number 05-045-21628 has county code 045 and sequence number 21528.
  • Please contact Alison Gallensky with any questions about this information or with suggestions about how we can make this information more useful.

Pending Permits (not yet approved) as of 8/17/2016

Approved Permits (not yet drilled) as of 8/17/2016

Montana Lease Sale Information
  • See existing leases and lease sale parcels in Google Earth. Visit our Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Leasing Google Earth drop down above and download lease parcels in Google Earth kml/kmz format.
  • MT BLM Oil & Gas Notice Page – for more informaiton regarding the lease sale from the Statewide BLM Office

10/18/2016 Lease Sale

  • 10/18/2016 Lease Sale ABI Screen. Protects must be received by August 19, 2016.
    • Parcels are proposed for sale in the Glasgow, Havre, Malta, and Miles City Field Offices.
    • The sale notice is available here.
  • 10/18/2016 Lease Sale Environmental Assessment and Documentation of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) ABI Screen (comments due June 14, 2016).
    • Parcels are proposed for sale in the Glasgow, Havre, Malta, and Miles City Field Offices.
    • This spreadsheet lists all the nominated parcels and indicates which are in the proposed action.
    • The EA, DNA, and additional information are available here. Maps are included in the EA.
  • 10/18/2016 Lease Sale Scoping ABI Screen. More information and maps of nominated parcels are available here.

Archive of Montana Oil & Gas Lease Sale Screens

New Mexico Lease Sale Information
  • See existing leases and lease sale parcels in Google Earth. Visit our Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Leasing Google Earth drop down above and download lease parcels in Google Earth kml/kmz format.
  • NM BLM Oil & Gas Notice Page – for more information regarding the lease sale from the Statewide BLM Office

1/18/2017 Lease Sale

  • 1/8/2017 Lease Environmental Assessment. (Comments due September 2, 2016).
    • Lease Sale EA ABI Screen.
    • Parcels are proposed for sale in the Farmington Field Office.
    • This spreadsheet lists all the nominated parcels and indicates which are in the proposed and preferred alternative in each field office (some field offices have a proposed alternative but no preferred alternative)
    • The environmental assessment is available here.
  • 1/18/2017 Lease Sale Scoping ABI Screen for parcels in the Farmington Field Office. More information and maps of nominated parcels are available here.

7/20/2016 Lease Sale

  • 7/20/2016 Lease Sale ABI Screen. Protests must be received by May 20, 2016.
    • Parcels are proposed for the Carlsbad field office.
    • The sale notice is available here.
  • 7/20/2016 Lease Environmental Assessment (comments due March 8, 2016)
    • Lease Sale EA ABI Screen.
    • Parcels are proposed for sale in the Carlsbad field office.
    • This spreadsheet lists all the nominated parcels and indicates which are in the proposed and preferred alternative in each field office (some field offices have a proposed alternative but no preferred alternative). Three new parcels were added since the scoping screen was completed. In addition, several parcels have changed numbers or been combined since scoping.
    • The environmental assessment is available here.
  • 7/20/2016 Lease Sale Scoping ABI Screen for parcels in the Carlsbad Field Office.  More information and maps of nominated parcels are available here.

Archive of New Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale Screens

Utah Lease Sale Information
  • See existing leases and lease sale parcels in Google Earth. Visit our Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Leasing Google Earth drop down above and download lease parcels in Google Earth kml/kmz format.
  • UT BLM Oil & Gas Notice Page – for more information regarding the lease sale from the Statewide BLM Office

2/21/2016 Lease Sale

  • 2/21/2016 Lease Sale Environmental Assessment (posted 9/16/2016) ABI Screen.
  • Comments on the sale must be received by 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2016.
    • Information about the sale and how to comment is on the BLM Utah Oil and Gas Lease Sale Webpage and in the Press Release.
    • Parcels are proposed to be offered in the Moab and Monticello field offices.
    • Significant impacts include a nearby Gunnison prairie dog colony and associated species. Black-footed ferrets, greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse were historically found in or near some of the parcels but are not currently present.
    • Maps: Overview Map, Map 1, Map 2.

11/15/2016 Lease Sale

  • According to BLM Utah, the November 15, 2016, Oil and Gas Lease Sale has been moved to December 2016. More information will be posted when it is available.
  • 11/15/2016 Lease Sale Environmental Assessment (posted 6/14/2016) ABI Screen. Maps: Overview Map Environmental assessment maps

Archive of Utah Oil and Gas Lease Sale Screens

Wyoming Lease Sale Information
  • See existing leases and lease sale parcels in Google Earth. Visit our Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Leasing Google Earth drop down above and download lease parcels in Google Earth kml/kmz format.
  • WY BLM Oil & Gas Notice Page – for more information regarding the lease sale from the Statewide BLM Office

2/7/2017 Lease Sale

11/1/2016 Lease Sale

8/2/2016 Lease Sale

Archive of Wyoming Oil & Gas Lease Sale Screens

Oil and Gas Lease Sale Dates