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The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a two-week public scoping period for input on 197 parcels of Federal minerals proposed for the September 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The public scoping period began April 9 and will conclude on April 20. The lease sale is tentatively scheduled for September 6, 2018.

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 during the public scoping period to ensure the potential environmental consequences are analyzed in a manner that allows the BLM to make an informed decision about the proposed competitive lease sale.

The parcels proposed for the competitive lease sale were nominated by industry representatives where allowable under current BLM land use plans. These parcels are located within Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties across southeastern New Mexico.

Additional information, including the draft parcel list, spatial data, and exhibits, can be obtained online at www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico.

Interested individuals and parties should submit all written comments through the lease sale’s ePlanning webpage comment portal at eplanning.blm.gov under “Help,” “Email to ePlanning Team.”