State oil and gas lease sale

The quarterly oil and gas lease sale conducted by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is scheduled for Dec. 5, at DNRC Headquarters, Montana Room, 1539 11th Ave., in Helena.

DNRC received 64 nominations for the sale and is requesting written public comment by Oct. 27, but will consider all comments received up until the Dec. 18 meeting of the State Land Board in Helena.

“The only action proposed at this time is issuing leases for possible future exploration and production,” said Monte Mason, DNRC Minerals Management bureau chief. “Before any activity occurs, DNRC will prepare an environmental review.” The state Board of Oil and Gas must also review and issue permits before any activity can occur, Mason added.

The September sale includes tracts in the following counties: Big Horn (6), Garfield (1), Glacier (6), Powder River (2), Richland (23), Roosevelt (3), Sweet Grass (20) and Toole (3).

A map and a detailed list of tracts being considered by DNRC may be obtained by calling Mason in Helena at (406) 444-3843. The information is also available on the DNRC’s Web site, http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/minerals-management/oil-and-gas-leasi... a link for submitting public comment is also available on the site.

Written public comment regarding nominated tracts should be submitted to Mason c/o Montana DNRC, P.O. Box 201601, 1539 Eleventh Ave., Helena MT 59620-1601.

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