The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun a one-month scoping process to take comments on potential oil and natural gas lease sales across parts of Nevada and Utah.

The Interior Department agency is reviewing potential auctions for up to 35 parcels in Nevada totaling 63,604 acres and 18 parcels in Utah totaling 31,808 acres.

The lease sales, if approved, would include updated fiscal provisions authorized by the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The provisions require minimum bids of $10/acre for all offered parcels, an increase from the $2 minimum set in 1987. 

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