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.

 

March 2019 Lease Sale (1st Quarter Sale, Week of 3/18/2019)

Environmental Assessment (posted 11/13/2018)

  • Comments are due by 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
  • The Environmental Assessments documents and a link for providing comments are available at the Wyoming 2019 1st-Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale Environmental Assessment ePlanning webpage. Additional information about the sale is available on the ePlanning website for Wyoming 2019 Lease Sales and in the Press Release.
  • According to the press release, BLM Wyoming is proposing to offer 144 parcels / 158,048 acres across the state, within every BLM Wyoming field office except the Cody Field Office.
  • Conservation conflict overlaps identified include:
    • Important habitat for black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs, greater sage-grouse (including sagebrush focal areas and other priority habitat).
    • Migration corridor complexes identified by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Sublette and Platte Valley complexes).
    • Crucial ranges for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn antelope.
    • Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) (Salt Creek Drainage, South Pass Historic Landscape, and SPP Species).
    • Lands identified by the BLM as possessing Wilderness Characteristics (Adobe Town Fringe Area)
    • Parcels adjacent to the Fortification Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA)
    • Citizens proposed wilderness (Adobe Town, Elk Mountain , Kinney Rim, and Powder River Breaks (Fortification Creek))
    • Parcels within 10 miles of Fossil Butte National Monument.
  • Proposed Parcels: Google Earth (kmz) | Zipped Shapefile
  • ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.

Supplemental Sale (February 2019)

Environmental Assessment (originally posted 8/29/2018)

  • Comments for nominated parcels in greater sage-grouse habitat originally planned to be offered for sale in December 2018 are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018.
  • The Environmental Assessments documents and a link for providing comments are available at the Wyoming 4th Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale Environmental Assessment ePlanning webpage. Additional information about the sale is available on the ePlanning website for Wyoming 2018 Lease Sales.
  • According to the notice on the BLM Wyoming Oil and Gas Lease Sales web page, 578 parcels (a bit under 780,000 acres) are located in greater sage-grouse habitat.These parcels will now be analyzed as part of a supplemental sale expected to occur in February 2019. After accepting and analyzing comments, BLM WY will post a sale notice announcing the supplemental sale and initiate a 30-day protest period.
  • An additional 3 parcels/720 acres will be offered in the December 2018 Lease Sale (see below)
  • Proposed parcels (parcels moved from the December sale): Google Earth kmz | GIS Shapefile (zipped)
  • Impacts identified from the preliminary parcel list include
    • Important areas for prairie dogs.
    • Important areas for greater sage-grouse including Sagebrush Focal Areas (SFA) and priority habitat management areas (PHMA) and core areas defined by Wyoming Game & Fish.
    • Partial overlap with the Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration corridor identified by the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish as discussed in the press release.
    • BLM Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs – Greater Sand Dunes, Jackson Canyon, Salt Creek Drainage, Sand Hills/JO Ranch, and South Pass Historic Landscape) and BLM Proposed ACECs (Catonment Reno, Pumpkin Buttes, and SSP Species)
    • BLM Special Management Areas (Chain Lakes SMA/ACEC, Historic Trails ACEC, Red Rim-Daley SMA/ACEC)
    • Citizen’s Proposed ACECs (prairie-dog complexes)
    • Citizens’ Proposed Wilderness (Adobe Town, Kinney Rim, Pinnacles (incl. Parnell Creek, Bush Rim, Alkalai Draw), and Wild Cow Creek)
    • Land adjacent to BLM Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs – Adobe Town, Alkali Draw, South Pinnacles)
    • Land within 10 miles of Devils Tower National Monument and of Fossil Butte National Monument.
    • Lands identified by the BLM as possessing Wilderness Characteristics.
  • ABI Screen, a spreadsheet showing conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values. This screen includes all parcels originally analyzed for the December 2018 lease sale including 3 not in greater sage-grouse habitat and others proposed to be removed from the sale.

December 2018 Lease Sale (12/11/2018, 4th Quarter)

Sale Notice (posted 10/26/2018)

  • Protests are due by 4:00 pm Monday, November 5,2018.
  • The sale notice and other information about the sale is on the BLM ePlanning website for Wyoming 2018 Oil and Gas Lease Sales. More information is available on the BLM Wyoming Oil and Gas Lease Sales web page.
  • According to the notice BLM WY will offer 3 parcels/720 acres in Niobrara County in the Newcastle Field Office.
  • Conservation conflicts identified:
    • The parcels are close to pronghorn antelope migration routes
  • BLM Wyoming correctly determined that the parcels are not within priority or general habitat for greater sage-grouse. In addition, parcels are more than four miles from known occupied leks.
  • The ABI Screen did not find any conflicts between the proposed parcels and important wildlife, wilderness and other resource values.
  • Sale notice parcels: Google Earth kmz I GIS Shapefile (zipped).

Environmental Assessment (posted 8/29/2018) proposed parcels (all parcels including 587 in greater sage-grouse habitat): Google Earth kmz | GIS Shapefile (zipped)ABI Screen, (all parcels including 587 in greater sage-grouse habitat).

Pre-EA Preliminary Parcel List: (ABI Screen. Maps: Overview map, maps showing conflicts with species and special areas, and maps showing conflicts with game species. Parcels proposed: Google Earth kmz | zipped Shapefile

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