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BLM evaluates oil and gas leasing proposal in Northwestern Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments as it considers offering 64 parcels totaling 58,694 acres of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado in the June 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

“The BLM supports working landscapes across the West through its various multiple-use programs like oil and gas. We manage public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, and we welcome diverse views,” said BLM Colorado Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta. “The most effective comments will address issues and concerns specific to these parcels being considered.”  

The proposal includes 8,480 acres in Jackson County, 23,192 acres in Moffat County, 25,582 acres in Rio Blanco County, and 1,440 acres in Routt County.

Comments need to be received by Jan. 8, 2018.

The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds from each mineral lease sale and from mineral royalties, with the remainder going to the U.S. government. In Fiscal Year 2016, oil and gas activity on BLM Colorado-managed lands and minerals generated $2.9 billion in economic output and generated 13,620 jobs.