Wyoming 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.

Week of March 15, 2021 Lease Sale (1st Quarter)

Environmental Assessment (dated 11/13/2020)

  • A 30-day comment period was kicked off November 13, 2020 for the Environmental Assessment for the First Quarter 2021 lease sale. Comments must be received by Monday, December 14, 2020.
  • Comments must be submitted through the Participate Now! links on the March 2021 Oil and Gas Lease Sale ePlanning website. The Environmental Assessment and other documents are found on that site. There is more information about this sale and about oil and gas leasing in the Press Release, the 2021 Lease Sale Information ePlanning Website, and on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Leasing webpage.
  • According to the Press Release and documents, BLM Wyoming is proposing offering 383 parcels/483,017 acres across the state. Parcels are being proposed in Bighorn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Freemont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta, Washakie, and Weston Counties in the Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Kemmerer, Lander, Newcastle, Pinedale, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Worland Field Offices.
  • This sale includes parcels nominated for inclusion in this sale and parcel that the BLM deferred from lease sales earlier this year because they overlap Greater Sage-Grouse priority habitat.
  • Conservation conflicts identified for these parcels include:
    • Duck Creek National Grasslands Inventoried Roadless Area
    • Green Mountain, Natural Corrals, Salt Creek Drainage and Sand Hills/JO Ranch and South Pass Historic Landscape Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs)
    • Chain Lakes, Historic Trails and Shamrock Hills Special Management Areas/ACECs
    • BLM identified Lands possessing Wilderness Characteristics
    • Duncan Ranch and Chain Lakes Hunter/Wildlife Areas.
    • Citizen Proposed Wilderness areas: Bobcat Draw Badlands and Kinney Rim
    • Greater sage-grouse habitat including Priority Habitat Management Areas and Sagebrush Focal Areas.
    • Important habitat for white tailed and black-tailed prairie dogs
    • Areas proposed for black-footed ferret reintroduction
    • Baggs, Platte Valley, and Sublette (Red Desert to Hoback) mule deer migration corridors.
    • Crucial winter range for elk, mule deer and pronghorn
    • Calving areas for elk and fawning areas for mule deer.
    • Human-powered Recreation Footprint 1/4-mile buffer identified by Outdoor Alliance
  • Environmental Assessment Parcels: Google Earth (kmz) | GIS (zipped shapefile)
  • Environmental Assessment ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

December 15 – 17, 2020 Lease Sale (4th Quarter)

Sale Notice (dated 10/15/2020)

  • The protest period for the December 2020 lease sale started October 15. Protests are due by 4:00 PM MT Sunday, November 15, 2020. There is important information about how to protest in the Sale Notice (pdf document) starting on page 9.
  • There is more information about this sale on the 2020 Lease Sale Information ePlanning Website, on the 4th Quarter 2020 EA ePlanning webpage, and on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Leasing webpage.
  • According to the Sale Notice, BLM Wyoming is proposing to offer 261 parcels/275,701.216 acres across the state. Parcels are proposed in Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Uinta, Washakie, and Weston counties in every Field Office in Wyoming.
  • This sale includes parcels analyzed in the December Environmental Assessment along with parcels analyzed earlier this year and temporarily deferred.
  • Conservation conflicts for these parcels include:
    • The Salt Creek Drainage BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern
    • The Historic Trails ACEC Special Management Area
    • Lands identified by BLM as possessing Wilderness Characteristics
    • Forest Service (National Grasslands) Inventoried Roadless Areas (H A Divide and Miller Hills)
    • Citizen Proposed Wilderness Areas (Bobcat Draw Badlands, Lysite Badlands, Red Butte, and Sheep Mountain)
    • Absaroka Front and Fifteen Mile Master Leasing Plan Areas
    • Parcels adjacent to Wilderness Study Areas (possible small overlap with the Sheep Creek Wilderness Study Area)
    • Greater sage-grouse (all parcels proposed are in greater sage-grouse habitat; only 150 acres are in Priority Habitat, the rest are in General Habitat Management Areas)
    • Black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs (ACEC nominated habitat)
    • Black-footed ferret potential reintroduction areas
    • Baggs and Sublette (Red Desert to Hoback) mule deer migration corridor complexes
    • Crucial winter range for elk, moose, mule deer, and pronghorn
    • Human-powered Recreation Footprint 1/4-mile buffer identified by Outdoor Alliance
  • Sale Notice Google Earth (kmz) | GIS (zipped shapefile)
  • Sale Notice ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Environmental Assessment (dated 8/14/2020) EA Proposed Action (61 Parcels) Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile (GIS); ABI Screen.

Resources

*Existing leases data from BLM National Oil and Gas Leases Polygons updated 12/9/2020 and acquired from BLM Navigator on 12/21/2020. Data was modified by Rocky Mountain Wild by extracting one state, changing the projection, adding expiration date as applicable from the BLM Land & Mineral System Reports (LR2000), and removing leases no longer authorized as of 12/21/2020. Additional disclaimers are in the metadata associated with BLM’s data.