CHEYENNE – In compliance with a recent district court decision (Louisiana vs. Biden), the Bureau of Land Management is asking for public feedback on the 459 deferred parcels that were previously under consideration for competitive auction at Wyoming’s deferred March and June 2021 lease sales.
These parcels total about 568,196 acres. To the extent the parcels had already been deferred from those sales through analysis completed by the prior administration, those parcels will not be re-evaluated.
Following a 30-day scoping period and considering comments received, the BLM will undertake environmental reviews of parcels for potential leasing and provide an opportunity for public comment in accordance with Instruction Memorandum 2021-027. Following this review, the BLM will identify available parcels and post applicable stipulations for public comment. BLM Wyoming anticipates publishing a notice of competitive lease sale later this year.
You can find a parcel list and instructions for submitting comments online at the BLM ePlanning website. The scoping period will end on October 1.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
In complying with the June 15, 2021 court order, the Department of the Interior will continue to exercise the authority and discretion provided under law to conduct leasing in a manner that fulfills Interior’s legal responsibilities. In addition, the BLM will proceed with oil and gas leasing in compliance with agency policy in Instruction Memorandum 2021-027 and all applicable laws and regulations.
The Department of the Interior will continue to review the BLM’s oil and gas leasing program and will complete a programmatic report as part of analyzing changes needed to meet the President’s targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.