Comments sought on oil and natural gas leasing

Comments will be accepted through July 17 on plans to offer oil and natural gas leases on more than 236,000 acres of public land in Colorado.

The Bureau of Land Management plans a competitive oil and gas lease sale in December on lands managed by its Grand Junction field office as well as its Colorado River Valley, Kremmling, Little Snake, Royal Gorge, Uncompahgre and White River field offices.

“Hearing from the public is critical in helping us evaluate the parcels, and the most effective comments will address issues specific to the parcels being considered,” said Greg Shoop, Colorado state director of the BLM.

The parcels under consideration include 19,106 acres in the Grand Junction field office as well as 501 acres in the Colorado River Valley field office, 33,887 acres in the Kremmling field office, 50,027 acres in the Little Snake field office; 5,217 acres in the Royal Gorge field office; 7,903 acres in the Uncompahgre field office; and 119,368 acres in the White River field office.

Maps, parcel lists, lease stipulations, instructions for submitting comments and local contact information are available at

The state receives 49 percent of proceeds from lease sales, with the remainder going to the federal government. For the 2016 fiscal year, Colorado received $144 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for oil and gas development on public lands. Statewide, more than 22,900 jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.