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BLM Headquarters Moving To Colorado

Jul 15, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management is officially relocating its headquarters to the Mountain West. That’s according to an announcement by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.

 


The Bureau of Land Management is proposing 11,000 miles of fuel breaks throughout our region to help combat the spread of wildfires.

Preston L. Chasteen

A recent study called upon the Western U.S. to increase its prescribed burn practice as a preventative for large-scale wildfires. Prescribed burning is used to remove flammable undergrowth and dry, dead patches that add fuel to a wildfire.

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue

Fire season has been delayed by a cool, rainy June, but state and federal agencies say they are prepared to go to work if and when the fires start.

John Ciccarelli / Bureau of Land Management

The last time the royalty rate for oil and gas production on federal land changed was in 1920. Proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would address that, but the industry stands opposed.

Planning a climbing trip in the West? The federal government wants to help.

Cooper McKim

Several dogs pat happily through snow-packed grass on Red Canyon Ranch in central Wyoming. It's backed by rolling hills and grazing cows. Maggie Eshleman, a Nature Conservancy restoration scientists, jumps out of her truck. She's interested in Red Canyon because of something that happened here nearly 20 years ago.

Top politicians are in Vail, Colorado, this week for the annual meeting of the Western Governors Association.

The Trump administration is responsible for the largest reduction of federally protected land in U.S. history after it shrunk two national monuments in Utah, according to a recent study published in the journal Science.

U.S. Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Land Management's Casper Field Office will reanalyze a portion of its environmental assessment of the Sand Creek oil and gas project after challenges from two environmental groups. It agreed with the Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) that additional analysis of greenhouse gas emissions was warranted

Number of noncompetitive leases issued over the past decade
Center for American Progress

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has two methods to auction off public land for oil and gas development. The first are the quarterly auctions where the highest bidder takes home the lease. The second is less well-known, called noncompetitive leasing. The Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think-tank, studied leases obtained this way through BLM's LR2000 (Legacy Rehost System 2000) database and found the method is taking off under the Trump Administration.

The Department of the Interior is continuing its push to move some agency headquarters out West by asking Congress to fund the initiative.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is asking Congress for $10.5 million in the next fiscal year for the relocation efforts. The department says it plans to choose a new western location for the Bureau of Land Management headquarters later this year. It has also signaled that it may move the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters to the Denver area.

Deviation In Temperature From The Average Annual In The United States
Bureau of Land Management

Last month, a federal court ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct an additional environmental review of 283 oil and gas leases around Wyoming. The court found the BLM violated the law by not adequately considering the project’s potential impacts on climate change.

The graph lays out the difference between active leks within an oil and gas project area versus a controlled area.
Rawlins Bureau of Land Management

Oil and gas development has yet to take off in recently-expanded natural gas fields in Carbon County. The Continental-Divide Creston (CDC) project makes way for about 9,000 new wells west of Rawlins, but several years into the project, only about 50 of those are producing.

Number of processed APDs during the lapse, according to the Interior Department. BLM Wyoming clarified the number has fluctuated up.
Department of the Interior

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved 267 applications for permits to drill (APDs) during the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year. About a quarter of them were approved in Wyoming, second only to New Mexico which shares the Permian Basin. 

Screenshot from UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ruling
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

A Washington D.C. federal court decision has stopped future leasing on over 300,000 acres of Wyoming public lands. In 2016, several conservation groups raised concerns the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was not reasonably considering the impact of oil and gas lease sales on climate change.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering people $1,000 if they’ll adopt a wild horse. 

U.S. Bureau of Land Management logo
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

 

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with several oil and gas lease sales. The agency is putting up nearly 400,000 acres of public land for sale in three western states: New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The 30-day protest period began in Wyoming on January 30. The lease sale will occur March 19 through March 20.

A Few APDs Filed During Shutdown - 30 Day Federal Public Posting Report
Bureau of Land Management

In an hour-long hearing Thursday, frustrated Democrats on the House Natural Resources committee called out the Trump administration for "blatant favoritism" toward the oil and gas industry. California Congressman Alan Lowenthal complained oil and gas has gone unscathed while all walks of life are feeling the pain.

Existing Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Management Decision Area
US Bureau of Land Management

The Interior Department just released its final proposal on sage-grouse conservation plans through six final environmental impact statements (FEIS). The iconic bird occupies 11 western states and is considered an important indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem.

After more than a century at the forefront on public lands protections, a new report finds the U.S. is being edged out by its neighbors to the north and the south.


US BLM Document related to the 4th quarter BLM lease sale
Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Wyoming will delay nearly all of the acreage that had been proposed for a December oil and gas lease sale. Those 790,000 acres intersect with sage grouse habitat. The BLM opted to remove the parcels after a court disputed the agency’s decision to truncate a public comment period earlier this year. When the court placed a preliminary injunction requiring a full input period, the BLM dropped sage grouse habitat lands from its proposed lease sale.

A male Sage Grouse (also known as the Greater Sage Grouse) in the USA
Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from Sacramento, US

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to sage grouse protections that would make it easier to develop — especially energy — on vast swaths of land where the chicken-like bird lives.

Bob Wick / wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org

A recent study shows that BLM-managed lands produced $3 billion in revenue. The study called “Quantifying the Economic Contributions of Wildlife-Related Recreation on BLM Lands,” took into account twelve western states including Wyoming in 2016. Outdoor activities provide 27-hundred jobs that pay workers $88 million a year and retail sales produce even more: $331 million a year. 

Protest decision document from Interior Department
Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has put oil and gas leases up for sale in the state. Compared to this time last year, the agency is seeing a 150 percent increase in the number of parcels available.

United States Department of the Interior

The Interior Department has released its final plan to rollback a rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas producers. This follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) move last week to weaken its own methane protections.

The Bureau of Land Management has issued draft proposals outlining the uses the federal government wants to allow in the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in southern Utah.

Order delivered July 31st, 2018 from the US District Court For the District of Montana Great Falls Division
US District Court For the District of Montana Great Falls Division

A federal court is ordering the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reanalyze environmental and climate impacts of coal and oil and gas leasing in two field offices by fall of 2019. 

U.S. Bureau of Land Management


Since 2010, whenever a parcel of land was nominated to be leased by an oil and gas company, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) went through a significant review period. There were site visits, comments when draft environmental assessments were released, and an additional 30 days of public comment once the sale was live. But Tim Spisak, acting assistant director of energy, minerals, and realty management for the BLM, said all that review wasn’t efficient for energy production.

Bureau of Land Management logo
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management

An Obama-era rule seeking to limit methane emissions from oil and gas projects is no longer in effect. It sought to reduce leaking, flaring and venting of natural gas in drilling operations. The U.S. District Court in Wyoming has paused the Bureau of Land Management’s Waste Prevention Rule until the agency completes revisions. That process is currently underway

It’s been a consistent target of the Trump administration with delay attempts, as well as the call for revisions. 

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