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.

June 25, 2020 Lease Sale

Scoping Comment Period (posted 12/31/2019)

  • Comments on the parcels proposed for the June 25, 2019 oil and gas lease sale need to be received by Tuesday, January 15, 2020. Information about how to comment, a link to the comment form, and information about the parcels are available on the June 2020 Lease Sale ePlanning Website and in the Press Release. There is more information about the sale is on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website.
  • According to the press release and documents, BLM Colorado is proposing to offer 14 parcels/6,095 acres in Jackson, Lincoln, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Weld Counties in the Kremmling, Little Snake, Royal Gorge, and White River Field Offices.
  • Additional parcels that have already been analyzed may be added to the sale in the future.
  • 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 forPreble’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:
  • More information on this and other lease sales is in the Upcoming Lease Sale Tracker Google Sheet.
  • Lease sale parcels Scoping Comment Period: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile.
  • Lease sale Scoping comment period ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

March 26, 2020 Lease Sale

Sale Notice/Protest Period (posted 1/24/2020)

  • 30-day public protect period ends Monday, February 24,2020. There is important information about how to protest in the Sale Notice (pdf file) starting on page 9. Additional information is available in the Press Release, on the March 2020 Lease Sale ePlanning website, and on the BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sales website.
  • According to the press release and documents, BLM is proposing to offer 26 parcels / 30,548 acres. BLM is proposing to offer 12 parcels / 16,763.31 acres in the Royal Gorge Field Office in Las Animas County and 14 parcels / 13,784.60 acres in the Kremmling Field Office in Jackson County.
  • Significant conservation conflict overlaps for rare and sensitive species include:
    • Greater sage-grouse including Priority Habitat Management Areas and areas within 0.6 miles of lek (breeding) sites.
    • Other birds: american white pelican, bald eagle and willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
    • White-tailed prairie dog
    • Occurrences of the North Park phacelia (Phacelia formosula) plan that is listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
    • Other rare plants: bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva), long-hood milkweed (Asclepias macrotis), Texas greasebush (Forsellesia planitierum), and wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum var. sibiricum).
    • Important winter range areas for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. Migration corridors for elk and pronghorn. Production (breeding) areas for elk.
  • Significant conservation conflict overlaps for important natural places include:
  • Lease sale parcels Sale Notice: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile.
  • Lease sale EA comment period ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Environmental Assessment Comment Period (posted 11/14/2019): Lease sale parcels EA Comment Period: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile. Lease sale EA comment period ABI Screen.

Scoping Comment Period (posted 10/1/2019): Lease sale parcels scoping Comment Period: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile. Lease sale scoping comment period ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

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