Press Release: BLM Approves First Master Leasing Plan in Utah
Key elements from the BLM press release:
- The Approved Plan focuses protection on areas with high scenic quality, high-use recreation areas, and other areas with sensitive resources and focuses energy development and exploration in areas with fewer resource conflicts.
- Prioritizing new leasing of oil, gas and potash in different parts of the Planning Area to reduce conflicts from overlapping development and allow for orderly development;
- Phasing potash leasing to test the feasibility of potash development;
- Minimizing surface disturbance in sensitive areas by reducing the density of well sites;
- Protecting National Park scenic qualities by strategically closing 145,000 acres of BLM- administered lands to mineral leasing;
- Allowing energy development while providing additional surface protection to about 306,000 acres that are highly valued for scenery and recreation, through the use of No Surface Occupancy stipulations on future leases;
- Using a comprehensive list of the most current and state-of-the-art best management practices to reduce, prevent, or avoid adverse environmental or social impacts; and
- Providing additional protections for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.
2016 - Federal Register Notice
2016 - Record of Decision: Moab Master Leasing Plan
2016 - Final EIS: Moab Master Leasing Plan
MOAB MASTER LEASING PLAN: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
Released: August 21, 2015
90-day comment period ended November 21, 2015
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Bureau of Land Management
Canyon Country District Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532
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