If you are unhappy about a decision to issue leases or permit drilling on public lands, you can also file a formal protest.
Protests against decisions to issue a lease must be filed no later than 30 calendar days after the announcement is made that a parcel is available for lease. (Click here to find announcements) This means your protest must reach the BLM’s Eastern States Office before the oral auction of a competitive lease. Your letter should include a request that sale of the lease be suspended until a decision on the merits of your protest can be made. The Forest Service can withdraw the offering of a specific parcel in light of a protest that he or she believes to be well grounded. Follow the instructions in the notice of proposed sale for filing protests.