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For Release:  January 28, 2009                   
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474 or Laurie Moore (916) 978-4377

BLM Plans Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Auction

The Bureau of Land Management is conducting an auction of oil and gas leases on federal land on March 11.  The lease auction will be held at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield.  The room opens at 8 a.m. to allow bidders to register and obtain a bid number.  The competitive oral auction begins at 9 a.m. 

The competitive lease auction involves 11 parcels for a total of 5,210.70 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.html.  If you are not able to access this site, copies of the lease sale notice is available at the California BLM State Office and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office for $5.

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.

Expressions of interest for the December 2009 lease auction should be sent to the BLM, Attention:  Laurie Moore, 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1618, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than May 10, 2009.

For questions regarding the March 11 lease auction or to obtain a form to submit an expression of interest, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377 or  Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6129.


Bakersfield Field Office – 3801 Pegasus Avenue – Bakersfield, CA 93308

Last updated: 01-28-2009