[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 38 (Friday, February 27, 2009)]
[Pages 8983-8984]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-4259]



Bureau of Land Management

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Potential for Oil Shale Development; Withdrawal of the Call for 
Nominations--Oil Shale Research, Development, and Demonstration (R, D, 
and D) Program and Request for Public Comment

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On January 15, 2009, the BLM published in the Federal Register 
a notice entitled ``Potential for Oil Shale Development; Call for 
Nominations--Oil Shale Research, Development, and Demonstration (R, D, 
and D) Program'' (see 74 FR 2611). The new Administration intends to 
review and reconsider certain aspects of the current solicitation, 
including lease acreage and the rules that would govern conversion of 
an R, D, and D lease to a commercial lease, particularly those related 
to royalty rates. To ensure a fair return to the public for potential 
commercial development of these Federal resources, the Administration 
has determined that further information is needed. Accordingly, the BLM 
is seeking public comment on the terms and conditions of any future oil 
shale R, D, and D leases that it may issue. The BLM therefore withdraws 
the January 15, 2009, solicitation of the nomination of parcels to be 
leased for R, D, and D of oil shale recovery technologies in Colorado, 
Utah, and Wyoming.

DATES: The withdrawal is effective February 27, 2009. Please submit 
comments on the terms and conditions of any future oil shale R, D, and 
D leases no later than May 28, 2009 to assure that they are considered.

ADDRESSES: Please hand-deliver written comments to Nick Douglas, Suite 
807, 1620 L Street, NW., Washington, DC. You may send comments via 
overnight delivery to this same address. Mail U.S.P.S. written comments 
to BLM (Attn: Nick Douglas), Minerals and Realty Management, Mail Stop: 
LS 807, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240. You may also send 
comments electronically to Nick Douglas at [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nick Douglas, BLM, Washington Office, 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM is seeking comment from industry, 
state and local governments, and citizens on

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the terms and conditions of a second round of oil shale R, D, and D 
leasing. The BLM has determined that more information is necessary 
prior to offering additional Federal lands for R, D and D leasing. This 
withdrawal is not intended to halt the oil shale R, D and D program, 
which is ongoing with six R, D and D leases in Colorado and Utah. 
Please specifically comment on the terms and conditions of any future 
R, D, and D leases that the BLM may issue, including, but not limited 
to, comments on lease size, lease duration, royalty rate after 
conversion to a commercial lease, environmental and economic diligence, 
and whether there is a need for additional preference right lease 
acreage. As a result of public comments received, the BLM may revise 
the lease form originally referenced in the Federal Register notice 
published on January 15, 2009 [74 FR 2611].
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: February 24, 2009.
Ron Wenker,
Acting Director, Bureau of Land Management.
[FR Doc. E9-4259 Filed 2-26-09; 8:45 am]