The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is asking for public input on issues associated with potential oil and gas leasing, which may later include exploration and development, on 94 parcels of public land, totaling 140,389 acres. The BLM is analyzing the parcels to identify potential impacts in an environmental assessment (EA), in accordance with the Oil & Gas Leasing Reform mandated in 2010. The public input period concludes May 22.

Scoping information and other documents can be found online on the BLM website. Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District, Caliente Field Office, P.O. Box 237, Caliente, NV 89008, Attn: 2015 Oil & Gas Lease Sale or fax them to (775) 726-8111, Attn: 2015 Oil & Gas Lease Sale. Email comments will not be accepted. Letters may be made public.

The BLM expects to make the preliminary EA available for public review and comment in June 2015. A Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale is scheduled on Dec. 8. Additional information about the sale is available at http://on.doi.gov/1PjuS5t

For more information, contact Carissa Shilling at the BLM Caliente Field Office at (775) 726-8175.