September 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A U.S. Bureau of Land Management sale of oil and gas leases on public land in central Nevada was conducted under protest.
Lander County, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Yomba Shoshone Tribe and the Gandolfo Ranch earlier filed formal protests over Thursday's sale in Reno.
Their concerns include hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its impact on water in the nation's most arid state.
Bureau officials say they're still reviewing the protests and have 60 days to settle them before any leases are issued.
Texas-based American General Energy Exploration Corp. dominated the sale, coming away with 26 parcels covering nearly 38,000 acres around Big Smokey Valley between Austin and Tonopah. Only one other parcel sold.
In all, the BLM offered 102 parcels totaling 174,000 acres in the sale.
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