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Archived News and Events

The following news items pertain to the 2008 Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS. For the latest news, including news related to the 2012 Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS, see the News page.

November 19, 2008

Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision Available

The Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision for the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmtic EIS, entitled Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources To Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (4.9 MB) is now available for downloading or browsing on the Documents page.

September 5, 2008

Final Programmatic EIS Notice of Availability Published in Federal Register

PDF Notice of Availability of Proposed Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resource Management Plan Amendments To Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (56 KB) published in Federal Register.

September 4, 2008

Final Programmatic EIS Available

The Oil Shale and Tar Sands Final Programmatic EIS is now available for downloading or browsing online. See the BLM Press Release for more information.

May 12, 2008

Draft PEIS Public Comments Available

Public comments on the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Draft Programmatic EIS are now available for downloading or browsing online.

March 20, 2008

Public Comment Period Extended Until April 21, 2008

The Bureau of Land Management announced today (March 20, 2008) that it will accept public comment on the Oil Shale-Tar Sands Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for an additional 32 days, until Monday, April 21, 2008. See the Federal Register Notice about the comment period extension for more information.

January 25, 2008

Press Release: BLM Sets Public Meetings on Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Planning Document

PDF Press Release: BLM Sets Public Meetings on Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Planning Document (16 KB)

How to Provide Comments

Members of the public may submit their comments via the Public Comment Form on this Web site or by mail. To learn more, visit the "Getting Involved" page.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will accept written comments on the Draft Programmatic EIS postmarked by Thursday, March 20, 2008 and electronic (Web) comments received by Thursday, March 20, 2008. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

Public meetings on the draft Programmatic EIS are tentatively scheduled for February 2008. Specific locations for the public meetings, as well as other important information about the meetings will be posted under Public Meetings when they become available.

See Getting Involved for more information on public participation in the EIS process.


December 21, 2007

Notice of Availability Published in Federal Register

PDF Notice of Availability of Draft Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resource Management Plan Amendments to Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (72 KB) published in Federal Register.

December 20, 2007

Draft Programmatic EIS Available

The Oil Shale and Tar Sands Draft Programmatic EIS is now available for downloading and browsing online. See the BLM Press Release for more information.

March 10, 2006

Public Scoping Comment Summary Report and References Available

A report entitled Summary of Public Scoping Comments for the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement is now available for downloading or browsing under Documents. The report summarizes comments that were received during the scoping period for consideration in preparing the PEIS.

March 3, 2006

Public Scoping Comments Available Online

Public scoping comments received during the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS scoping comment period are now available for downloading and browsing.

February 13, 2006

Reference Documents Added

The following reference documents are now available under Documents: Final Environmental Statement for the Prototype Oil Shale Leasing Program (USDOI, 1973) and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement: Development Policy Options for the Naval Oil Shale Reserves in Colorado (USDOE, 1982).


January 23, 2006

Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS Public Scoping Meetings Held

As part of the scoping phase of the PEIS process, The U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, (BLM) held public scoping meetings to obtain scoping comments for the PEIS in seven cities in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming in January 2006. There were two meetings on the same day at each location. The first meeting was held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, and the second meeting was held from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

A total of 348 persons registered attendance at the 14 public scoping meetings. A number of attendees presented oral comments at the meetings. A scoping summary report covering all comments received, including those provided orally at the scoping meetings, will be published on this Web site when it is available.


December 13, 2005

Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS Public Information Center Web Site Launched

The Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS Public Information Center Web site was launched December 13, 2005. This Web site is the online center for public information and involvement in the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Oil Shale and Tar Sands PEIS).

The United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for oil shale and tar sands resources leasing on lands administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The PEIS will amend existing applicable Resource Management Plans to address oil shale and tar sands resources leasing in these three states. This Web site is the online center for public information and involvement in the PEIS process.


December 13, 2005

Notice of Intent Published in Federal Register

PDF Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming (51 KB) published in Federal Register