Montana BLM public scoping period ends April 6 |

Montana BLM public scoping period ends April 6

The Bureau of Land Management has opened a 15-day public scoping period on 95 nominated Oil and Gas Lease parcels located in Wheatland, Phillips, Toole, Liberty, Choteau, Hill, Glacier, Valley, Richland, Bighorn and Sheridan counties in Montana. The public scoping period will end on April 6, 2016.

This public scoping process is intended to solicit input on issues, impacts and potential alternatives that the BLM will address in upcoming NEPA documents. This scoping process is only the first of several opportunities for the public to comment on the parcels proposed for inclusion in the Oct. 18, 2016 oil and gas lease sale. The lease sale is tentatively scheduled to be held Oct. 18, 2016 at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Mont. The parcels that will ultimately be included in the sale will be determined after the full public review process.

The BLM deferred 141 parcels that had been nominated for the sale, but that were within greater sage-grouse habitat pending implementation guidance on the 2015 approved HiLine, Billings and Miles City Resource Management Plans.

The public is welcome to contribute comments regarding these lease parcel nominations. Parcel information can be found on ePlanning at the links below.

Information for the parcels in Wheatland County is at

Information on the parcels located in Richland, Bighorn and Rosebud counties is at

Information on parcels in Phillips, Toole, Liberty, Choteau, Hill, Glacier and Valley counties is at

For those interested in providing comments, please be advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

–Montana/Dakotas BLM