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For Release: Oct. 27, 2008              
Contact:  Laurie Moore (916) 978-4377
CA-CC-09-05

BLM Plans Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Auction

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct an auction of oil and gas leases on federal land on Dec. 10 in Bakersfield. 

The lease auction will be held at the Convention Center Marriott (previously the Holiday Inn), 801 Truxtun Ave.  The room will open at 8 a.m. to allow bidders to register and obtain a bid number.  The competitive oral auction will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competitive lease auction involves 10 parcels for a total of 5,352.68 of public lands in Kern County.

A detailed notice of the lease auction with parcel descriptions, acreage, lease terms and conditions, oral bidding procedures and requirements, and other sale information is available on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy/og/instructions/leasesale/2008_Lease_Sales.html If you are not able to access this site, copies of the lease sale notice will be available at the California BLM State Office and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office for $5.

For questions regarding the Dec. 10 lease auction or to obtain a form to submit an expression of interest, contact Laurie Moore at the California BLM State Office, (916) 978-4377, or Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6129.

BLM is required by law to periodically offer federal land for lease for oil and gas exploration and development.  The oil and gas industry is encouraged to submit an "expression of interest" for federal land parcels in California that have potential for development.  An “expression of interest” is a letter or a form listing the legal description of lands an individual or company is interested in seeing offered for lease.

In addition to the Dec. 10 lease auction, BLM is planning a June 2009 lease auction. Expressions of interest to be included in the June 2009 lease auction should be sent to the BLM, Attention:  Laurie Moore, 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1618, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than March 15, 2009.

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Last updated: 10-27-2008