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Interested persons may also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS at the following Web site:
Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available for public inspection at the following BLM office locations:
In September 2008, pursuant to Section 369 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, FLPMA, and NEPA, the BLM issued a Proposed Plan Amendments/Final Oil Shale and Tar Sands (OSTS) Programmatic EIS analyzing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of amending 12 land use plans to designate public lands administered by the BLM as available for commercial leasing for oil shale or tar sands development. The planning area lies within the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The November 17, 2008, ROD that followed this Programmatic EIS adopted the proposed land use amendments reflecting the allocation decisions analyzed in the 2008 OSTS Programmatic EIS. These land allocation
The BLM published its Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic EIS in the
The study area analyzed in the Programmatic EIS for the oil shale resources includes the most geologically prospective resources of the Green River Formation located in the Green River, Piceance, Uinta, and Washakie Basins, encompassing approximately 3,540,000 acres on the basis of the grade and thickness of the oil shale deposits.
For the tar sands resources, the study area analyzed in the Programmatic EIS includes those locations designated as Special Tar Sand Areas (STSAs) by Congress in the Combined Hydrocarbon Leasing Act of 1981 (Pub. L. 97-78). The tar sands study area covers about 1,026,000 acres.
The oil shale and tar sands resources within the study areas defined in the Programmatic EIS are located within the jurisdiction of 12 separate BLM administrative units. These units are Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and White River Field Offices in Colorado; the Moab, Monticello, Price, Richfield, and Vernal Field Offices, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah; and the Kemmerer, Rawlins, and Rock Springs Field Offices in Wyoming.
Within the above-listed administrative units and the defined boundaries of the most geologically prospective resources of the Green River formation and the designated STSAs, public lands managed by the BLM where the Federal government owns full fee title or just the subsurface mineral estate (split estate lands) are included in the scope of the Programmatic EIS analysis. Tribal lands on which both the surface estate and subsurface mineral estate are owned by the tribe are not included in the scope of analysis.
The Environmental Protection Agency published a NOA of the Draft RMP Amendments/Programmatic EIS in the
Comments on the Draft RMP Amendment/Draft Programmatic EIS received from the public, cooperating agencies, other Federal agencies, as well as internal BLM review were considered and information incorporated as appropriate into the Proposed RMP Amendments/Final EIS. As a result of public comments and upon further review, corrections/revisions were made to the Alternatives, and changes were made from what was presented as the Preferred Alternative in the Draft Programmatic EIS. These changes have resulted in a Proposed Plan Amendment (composed of Alternative 2(b) from the Draft Programmatic EIS, as well as certain elements of the other Alternatives) that references new acreage figures. The 2012 Proposed RMP/Final EIS addresses the allocation of BLM-administered lands as closed or open to the potential leasing and development of oil shale and tar sands resources, but will not affect other management decisions contained in the RMPs governing the areas to be included in the study area. Under the Proposed Plan, approximately 676,967 acres would be open for application for future leasing and development of oil shale and approximately 129,567 acres would be open for potential tar sands leasing and development.
Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMP/Final EIS may be found in the “Dear Reader” letter of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address, as set forth in the
Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed or faxed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to
Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
40 CFR 1506.6 and 1506.10; and 43 CFR 1610.2 and 1610.5.