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.

BLM Redesigned their ePlanning Website in early June 2020. Some links below may no longer work. Visit the on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website site for new links.

December 17, 2020 Lease Sale

Scoping (posted 6/30/2020)

  • Comments on the scoping information for the December 17, 2020 oil and gas lease sale must be received by Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Comments must be submitted through the Participate Now! links on the December 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sale ePlanning Website. Additional information about the sale can be found on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website.
  • According to the Press Release and documents, BLM Colorado is proposing to offer 43 parcels/47,685.440 acres in Jackson, Moffat, Las Animas, and Weld counties in the Royal Gorge, Kremmling, and White River field offices. 25 parcels/33,977.73 acres are in the Royal Gorge Field Office, 16 parcels/11,747.08 acres in the Kremmling Field Office, and 2 parcels/1,960.63 acres are in the Little Snake Field Office.
  • Significant conservation conflicts include:
    • Overlaps with the Santa Fe Historic Trail
    • Human-powered Recreation Footprint 1/4-mile buffer as identified by Outdoor Alliance
  • Lease Sale Parcels Scoping: GIS Data (zipped shapefile) | Google Earth (kmz)
  • Lease sale scoping period ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

September 24, 2020 Lease Sale

Environmental Assessment (posted 5/14/2020)

  • *Information Updated by BLM June 9* Comments on the Environmental Assessments (EAs) for the September 24, 2020 oil and gas lease sale need to be received by Monday, June 15, 2020. Comments must be submitted by email to BLM_CO_LeaseSale@blm.gov. Two EAs have been prepared, one for the Royal Gorge Field Office (Eastern Colorado) and one for the Northwest District (Kremmling and White River Field Offices). Links to the EAs and link to a comment form are available on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website.
  • According to the websites and documents, BLM Colorado is proposing to offer 45 parcels/67,244 acres in Jackson, Las Animas, Rio Blanco, and Weld counties in the Royal Gorge, Kremmling, and White River field offices. 43 parcels/67,004 acres are in the Royal Gorge Field Office, 1 parcel/120 acres is in the Kremmling Field Office and 1 parcel/120 acres is in the White River Field Office.
  • The proposed parcels are the same as they were at the scoping comment period.
  • Additional parcels that have already been analyzed may be added to the sale in the future.
  • Significant conservation conflicts include:
  • Lease sale parcels EA comment period: Google Earth (kmz) | GIS Shapefile (zipped)
  • Lease sale scoping EA period ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Scoping comment period (posted 3/31/2020) Lease sale parcels: Google Earth (kmz) | GIS Shapefile (zipped). ABI Screen.

June 25, 2020 Lease Sale

According to the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website, The oil and gas lease sale scheduled for June 25, 2020 has been postponed. No further information was available as of June 3.

Sale Notice (posted 4/24/2020)

  • Protests on the Sale Notice for the June 25, 2020 oil and gas lease sale need to be received by Tuesday, May 26, 2020. There is important information about how to protest in the Sale Notice (pdf file) on page 10. Additional documents about the sale and a link to to protest electronically are available on the June 2020 Lease Sale ePlanning Website. More information is available on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website.
  • Protests will ONLY be accepted by mail directly to the BLM Colorado State Office, or you may file a protest through ePlanningThe BLM Colorado State office will not accept emails or hand delivered protests.
  • According to the Sale Notice, BLM Colorado is proposing to offer 15 parcels/4,851 acres in Jackson, Kiowa, Lincoln, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Weld Counties in the Kremmling, Little Snake, Royal Gorge, and White River Field Offices.
  • Three (3) parcels/950 acres in the Sale Notice were not analyzed in the Environmental Assessment. These parcels are in Lincoln and Kiowa counties in the Royal Gorge Field Office. These parcels (with different serial numbers) were originally offered for sale in September 2018.
  • Significant conservation conflict overlaps for rare and sensitive species include:
    • Greater sage-grouse including priority habitat management areas
    • Important habitat for bald eagle and ferruginous hawk
    • Surveyed occurrences of black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs.
    • Overall range for Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei).
    • Surveyed occurrence of ephedra buckwheat (Eriogonum ephedroides), Graham’s beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii), and White-River penstemon (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis)
    • Proposed critical habitat for White-River penstemon (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis)
    • Important winter range for mule deer and pronghorn antelope
    • Production (calving) area for elk
  • Significant conservation conflict overlaps for important natural places include:
    • Colorado State Wildlife Areas
    • Lands Identified by BLM as having Wilderness Characteristics (Gilsonite Hills LWC)
  • Lease sale parcels sale notice protest period: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile.
  • Lease sale notice protest period ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Environmental Assessment Comment Period (posted 2/13/2020) Lease sale parcels EA Comment Period: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile.Lease sale EA comment period ABI Screen.

Scoping Comment Period (posted 12/31/2019) Lease sale parcels Scoping Comment Period: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile. Lease sale Scoping comment period ABI Screen.

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