The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has specific regulations on how to file a protest to the state office regarding the upcoming lease sale of 20 parcels in the North Fork Valley. The deadline for protests is Monday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.
Shannon Borders, BLM public affairs specialist, southwest district, said they are receiving a lot of comments, but the comment period is closed. The only things being accepted now are protests and those must go to the state office in Lakewood.
The BLM must respond to protests before the parcels can be leased. Protests must be for specific parcels. If the BLM determines the protest was valid, the parcel(s) will be deferred. If it is determined the protest is invalid, the lease sale will proceed as planned on Feb. 14. The BLM can decide to defer a portion of a parcel and lease the remainder. To follow the specific instructions on how to file a protest go to: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/Frequently_Asked_Questions_Leasing.html.
According to the website, a protest "must be received no later than close of business on the 30th calendar day after the posting of the notice of the lease sale. No protests should be received by the BLM district or field offices. All protests must be received by the Colorado State Office, located at 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215. Close of business for the Colorado State Office is 4 p.m.
The protest must also include a statement of reasons to support the protest. The BLM will dismiss a late-filed protest, a protest filed without a statement of reasons, or a protest not listing the internal four-digit parcel ID number.
A protest may be filed by mail in hardcopy form or faxed directly to the BLM Colorado State Office at (303) 239-3799.
"If the party signing the protest is doing so on behalf of an association, partnership or corporation, the signing party must reveal the relationship between them. For example, unless an environmental group authorizes an individual member of its group to act for it, the individual cannot make a protest in the group's name."blog comments powered by Disqus