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.

September 21 – 25, 2020 week Lease Sale (3rd Quarter Sale)

Environmental Assessment (dated 5/12/2020)

  • Comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the 3rd Quarter (September) 2020 lease sale are due June 11, 2020. Comments must be submitted through the comment link on the 3rd Quarter 2020 EA ePlanning webpage. There is more information about lease sales on the 2020 Lease Sale Information ePlanning Website and on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Leasing webpage.
  • According to the EA document, BLM Wyoming plans to offer 155 parcels/181,930.195 acres across the state. The parcels are in the Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Kemmerer, Lander, Newcastle, Pinedale, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Worland Field Offices in Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs, Laramie, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, and Uinta counties.
  • Conservation conflicts identified include:
    • Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Historic Trails, Sand Hills/JO Ranch, and South Pass Historic Landscape)
    • BLM identified Lands Wilderness Characteristics
    • Citizens’ Proposed Wilderness (Bobcat Draw Badlands, Lysite Badlands, Red Butte, and Sheep Mt.)
    • Absaroka Front and Fifteen Mile Master Leasing Plan (MLP) areas.
    • Greater sage-grouse habitat including priority habitat and sagebrush focal areas.
    • Important habitat for black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs including areas identified for black-footed ferret reintroduction.
    • Mule deer migration corridors
    • Crucial winter habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, and pronghorn
    • Parturition (calving) areas for elk and moose
  • The EA identifies two proposals for leasing, the Proposed Alternative and the BLM-Modified Alternative. The map and screen show information for the BLM-Modified Alternative, which appears to be BLM’s recommended alternative. Contact Alison Gallensky if you want information about the other alternative.
  • Environmental Assessment Parcels Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped shapefile (GIS).
  • Environment Assessment ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

June 23 – 24, 2020 Lease Sale (2nd Quarter Sale)

Sale Notice (dated 4/23/2020)

  • Protests for the June 2020 lease sale must be received no later than the first business day following Saturday, May 23, 2020. There is important information about how to protest (including an email address to submit protests electronically) in the Sale Notice (pdf document) starting on page 11. There is more information about the sale on the 2020 Lease Sale Information ePlanning Website and on the Wyoming Second Quarter 2020 Lease Sale ePlanning webpage.
  • According to the Sale Notice and document, BLM Wyoming plans to offer 135 parcels/ 170,070.53 acres. The parcels are in the Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Kemmerer, Newcastle, Pinedale, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Worland Field Offices in Bighorn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Johnson, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta, Washakie, and Weston Counties.
  • Conservation conflicts identified include:
    • Chain Lakes Special Management Area/Area of Critical Environmental Concern
    • Chain Lakes State Wildlife Habitat Management Area
    • Agency proposed areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Fortification Creek, SSP Species)
    • Citizen Proposed Wilderness (Bobcat Draw Badlands, Red Butte, Sheep Mtn.)
    • Areas BLM identified as having wilderness characteristics
    • Fifteen Mile Master Leasing Plan (MLP) Area
    • Greater Sage-Grouse including BLM PHMA/State Core Areas
    • Important areas for prairie dogs including potential black-footed ferret reintroduction areas.
    • Crucial winter range for elk, moose, mule deer, and pronghorn
    • Parturition (calving) areas for elk
    • Priority landscapes for big game (2018 State Action Plans for SO 3362)
  • The parcels appear to be identical to the parcels proposed in the preferred action in the draft Environmental Assessment.
  • Sale Notice Parcels Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped Shapefile (GIS)
  • Sale Notice ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Environmental Assessment (dated 2/11/2020) EA Parcels Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped Shapefile (GIS); EA ABI Screen

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