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BLM seeks input on proposed sale

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SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a two-week public scoping period for input on 133 parcels of federal minerals proposed for a competitive oil and gas lease sale in December.

The parcels in New Mexico include 16 in Chaves County.

The public scoping period will be July 9-20. The lease sale is tentatively set for Dec. 5-6.

The scoping process is intended to solicit public input on relevant issues, potential impacts, and alternatives the BLM should address in an environmental assessment to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

The BLM considers substantive comments received during the scoping period to ensure potential environmental consequences are analyzed in a manner that allows an informed decision about the proposed competitive lease sale, according to BLM officials.

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The parcels proposed for the competitive lease sale were nominated by industry representatives, identified as available for possible oil and gas leasing under current BLM land-use plans.

In addition to those in Chaves County, New Mexico parcels include 34 in Sandoval County, 40 in Eddy County, 14 in Lea County, 3 in McKinley County, 3 in Rio Arriba County, 1 in Roosevelt County, and 3 in San Juan County.

Parcels in Oklahoma and Texas are also included.

The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947, as amended, require the BLM to promote exploration and development of federal minerals. Providing an opportunity for individuals and/or companies to lease identified federal mineral estate through a competitive lease sale process also meets the Department of the Interior’s goal of strengthening America’s energy independence, according to BLM officials.

Additional information, including the draft parcel list, spatial data, and exhibits, can be obtained online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico .

Those who provide comments on scoping issues are advised that before including their address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire public scoping comment — including personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time.

For more information, contact BLM Land Law Examiner Lourdes Ortiz at 505-954-2146.

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