From The Durango Herald:
The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment deadline for an environmental assessment of more than 12,000 acres in Southwest Colorado that are proposed for natural-gas and oil-lease sales.
The new deadline to comment is Oct. 2.
The parcels are in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Miguel counties and about 64 percent of the federally owned minerals are under privately owned land.
Eight parcels, or 10,761 acres, are in La Plata County near Hesperus.
The Bureau of Land Management will incorporate public comments into a final environmental assessment. The final assessment will provide the basis for the BLM’s decision whether to lease the parcels and under what stipulations.
The parcels will potentially be offered for lease in February.
“We are extending the comment period to ensure that we receive applicable information regarding resources…
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