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BLM seeks input on oil and gas lease sale

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled a public scoping period to gather input about 79 parcels (19,277.13 acres) in New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma that could be part of a February 2020 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

The public scoping period began Monday and will conclude on Sept. 9. The lease sale is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6.

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

The proposed parcels in New Mexico include 48 in Eddy County, eight in Sandoval County, three in Lea County and one in Rio Arriba County. The parcel in Kansas is in Cheyenne County. The parcels in Oklahoma include 12 in Roger Mills County, two each in Kingfisher and Ellis counties, and one each in Canadian and Blaine counties.

Additional information about the parcels can be obtained on the BLM website, blm.gov. People also can contact BLM Supervisory Land Law Examiner Julie Serrano, 505-954-2149.

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Those who provide comments on scoping issues are advised that any information they provide can be made public. While those commenting can ask that personal identifying information be withheld from public review, BLM staff cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.