ELY – In keeping with the Administration’s goal of promoting American energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management will offer 291 parcels, totaling nearly 604,164 acres in Lincoln, Nye and White Pine counties at its March 2019 quarterly oil and gas lease sale. This notice initiates a public notice period on associated environmental documents that ends on January 2, 2019. The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com.

This sale includes 166 parcels removed from the December 2018 quarterly sale in order to comply with the U.S. District Court, District of Idaho issued a Preliminary Injunction in W. Watersheds Project v. BLM (No. 1:18-cv-00187-REB), which required lengthier comment periods on environmental compliance documents associated with parcels that intersect Priority or General Habitat Management Areas for Greater Sage-Grouse.

Responsible energy development includes thoughtful consideration of parcels nominated for leasing as well as potential resource impacts of decisions to lease. An additional environmental review will take place during processing of an Application for Permit to Drill, when site-specific Conditions of Approval will be placed on the permit in addition to the stipulations attached to the lease.

Comments on the Determination of NEPA Adequacy must be submitted in writing to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301 and attn.: Concetta Brown or faxed to 775-289-1910 and attn.: Concetta Brown. The environmental documents, lists and maps of the parcels and attached stipulations are online at https://go.usa.gov/xP79x.