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BLM defers parcels due to sage grouse concerns for oil, gas lease sale



The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada is holding a competitive oil and gas lease sale on Tuesday, Dec. 13.  The sale room opens at 8 a.m. for registration and bidding numbers and the sale begins at 9 a.m. The sale will be held at BLM State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., in Reno.


At the request of the Nevada Department of Wildlife, 14 parcels are deferred and nine parcels are partially deferred because those areas are within sage-grouse population management units where there is insufficient data available to determine potential impacts to sage-grouse habitat.  Accordingly, an amendment to the sales notice reduces the number of parcels from 151 to 137 and reduces the number of acres from 333,816 to 293,057 acres.  The parcels offered are located around the state: five in the Carson City District; 13 in the Winnemucca District; and 119 in the Battle Mountain District.


The notice, a parcel list, associated stipulations, and amendment are available in the Information Access Center at the BLM Nevada State Office at 1340 Financial Blvd., and online at the BLM Nevada website at: www.blm.gov/nv.  The website also provides a Geographic Information System shapefile of the parcels.


Annual rental for an oil and gas lease is $1.50 per acre for the first five years, and $2 per acre for any subsequent year.  Additional environmental analysis would need to be conducted to receive an application for permit to drill.

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