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LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT PROTESTS

  1. Is there a public comment period for the Final EIS?

    No, there is no formal public comment period on the Final EIS. The BLM accepted public comments on the Draft EIS for 90 days (Dec. 19, 2014 – March 19, 2015).

  2. What is the difference between a protest and a comment?

    The BLM takes comments during scoping for an EIS and when it publishes a Draft EIS. Protests relate to a Final EIS with proposed plan amendments. Anyone may submit comments during scoping or on any part of the Draft EIS, and comments may be supportive or critical of the action or analysis presented in the EIS. Protests may only be filed by someone who has participated in developing the EIS (i.e., submitted comments during earlier phases of the process) and who believes they will or may be adversely affected by approval of the proposed land use plan amendment(s).

    BLM responses to scoping comments are reflected in the Draft EIS, and responses to comments on the Draft EIS are reflected in the Final EIS. Resolutions of protests may affect the provisions in the Record of Decision on the project that relate to land use plan amendments.

  3. What can I protest about the B2H Final EIS?

    Anyone who participated in the EIS process and who has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by the approval or amendment of the land use plans may protest BLM’s proposed land use plan amendments identified in the Final EIS.

  4. What is the deadline for filing a protest?

    You must file your BLM protest by Dec. 26, 2016.

  5. What information does my protest need to contain?

    Each protest must be in writing and contain this information:

    • Your name, mailing address and telephone number
    • Your interest in filing the protest
    • A statement of the issue(s) you are protesting
    • A statement of the part(s) of the plan amendment(s) you are protesting
    • A copy of all documents addressing the issue(s) that you submitted during the process or an indication of the date(s) the issue(s) were discussed for the record
    • A concise statement explaining why you believe the proposed plan amendment is wrong
  6. Where do I send my protest letter?

    All BLM protests must be mailed to one of the following addresses:

    Regular Mail
    BLM Director (210)
    Attn: Protest Coordinator
    P.O. Box 71383
    Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

    Overnight Mail
    BLM Director (210)
    Attn: Protest Coordinator
    20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
    Washington, D.C. 20003

  7. Can I submit my protest by email?

    You may email an electronic copy of your protest as advance notice to protest@blm.gov, but you must also send the original, written protest – postmarked by the close of the protest period – to one the addresses specified above in order for it to receive full consideration.

  8. What will the BLM do with protests that are received timely?

    The BLM Director will render prompt decisions on each protest – either dismissing the protest, granting the protest based on the merits of the protest issues, or denying the protest based on the merits of the protest issues.

  9. How will I know what the BLM’s response to my protest is?

    Decisions will be sent to respective protesting parties by certified mail, return receipt requested. Responses to protest issues will also be compiled in a Director's Protest Resolution Report made available at the same time as decisions are mailed.

  10. If I disagree with the BLM’s response, is there a way to appeal it?

    The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest.