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BLM accepts comments on oil and gas lease sale

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico is announcing a two-week public review and comment period for the environmental documents for its Sept. 5 oil and gas lease sale.

Seventeen parcels (4,980 acres) of federal minerals are proposed for lease. The parcels are located in Eddy, Chaves, Lea and McKinley counties in New Mexico; Coal and Major counties in Oklahoma; and Greeley County in Kansas. The review and comment period will run from May 13-24.

Revenues from onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly fund the U.S. Treasury, state budgets and support public education, infrastructure improvements and other state-determined priorities. Forty-eight percent of lease sale revenue goes to the state while the rest goes to the U.S. Treasury. The state also receives half of the revenue from royalties if oil and gas is developed on the lease.

Public comments will be accepted electronically. Comments received by other methods will not be accepted. Additional information, including spatial data and exhibits, can be obtained online at blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. This website will link to ePlanning, where interested individuals and parties can provide written comments.

Useful public comments are substantive and identify issues relevant to the proposed action, according to a BLM press release. These may question the accuracy of information, methodology or assumptions, and present alternatives other than those analyzed.

Comments that contain only opinions or preferences, or comments that are essentially identical to other comments, will not be specifically addressed in the environmental review process.

Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information as part of a comment, the public should be aware that the entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. Commenters can ask BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, but there is no guarantee that will be possible.

For more information, please contact BLM Land Law Examiner Lisa Rivera at 505-954-2162.