Lease sale pushed back a week

WYOMING – The Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming announced the upcoming oil and gas lease sale that was scheduled for June 22-23 has been moved to a week later, June 29-30.

A release from the BLM stated the date shifted “to complete the analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act and allow time for protest resolution.”

This is the first parcel sale overseen by President Joe Biden’s administration and follows an extended lease sale moratorium that was overturned by a federal court and numerous protests. Conservation groups filed protests with this lease sale earlier this month while production groups also filed grievance regarding the size of the parcel sale, which is about a third of the expected size.

In total, 105 parcels will open at 2-minute intervals with a total bidding time of an hour on Wednesday, June 29. The remaining 24 parcels will be sold in the same manner the following day.

Of the parcels for sale, 18 are located within Sublette County. Those parcels total 23,617.86 acres of the county, according to the latest competitive sale notice released Friday, June 17.