Protests

Lease Offerings

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.

More information on specific types of protests:

Protesting the Resource Management Plan (RMP) or Land & Resource Management Plan (LRMP)

Protesting Project Approvals or APDs

Further Appeals

Lawsuits