BLM opens public comment period on Environmental Assessment

By Mark Jacobsen, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management                    

The Bureau of Land Management has opened a 30-day public comment period on an Environmental Assessment with an unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact for 156 nominated oil and gas lease parcels in Big Horn, Custer, Carter, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River and Rosebud counties located within the Miles City Field Office administrative area. The 30-day comment period will end on January 6, 2017.

The BLM-administered lands in this lease sale conform to the 2015 Rocky Mountain Region Record of Decision and Miles City Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan, which are part of the Rocky Mountain Region Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy.

The EA, unsigned FONSI, parcel list, and maps are available on the BLM e-Planning website at:

After a review and consideration of public comments, the EA will be updated as needed. Prior to the issuance of any leases, the Decision Record and FONSI will be finalized and posted for public review on the BLM e-Planning website for this EA. The date for this online sale is tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2017. The final acreage amount will be determined after the full public review process.

The public is welcome to contribute comments regarding these lease parcel nominations by one of the following methods:



Miles City Field Office

Attention:  Irma Nansel

111 Garryowen Road

Miles City, MT 59301-7000

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.