BLM-Utah offers 12,834 acres at oil, gas lease sale, defers sale of other acres

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management-Utah will offer 17 parcels covering 12,834 acres in the Moab and Monticello field offices at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale Tuesday.  After thorough review and consideration, the BLM-Utah decided to defer 42,263 acres from the sale to provide additional time to address concerns including cultural resources and to minimize encumbrances that could potentially affect Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative.

We are committed to responsible development of energy resources on Utah’s public lands,” BLM-Utah State Director Juan Palma said. “We are deferring these particular lands from the upcoming sale to provide for additional review and consideration of the potential impacts leasing poses to natural and cultural resources.”

In fiscal year 2014, the Utah received more than $170 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for federal minerals, including oil and gas.  The BLM-Utah currently administers approximately 3.8 million acres of public mineral estate that is leased for oil and gas development.

Submitted by BLM-Utah


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