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Central California District
Release Date: 10/26/09
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
  Laurie Moore , (916) 978-4377  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-06

BLM Plans December Oil and Gas Lease Auction

The Bureau of Land Management will hold an auction of oil and gas leases on federal land on Dec. 9 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 nine parcels for a total of 8,587.42 acres of public lands in Kern and Kings counties. 

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  The posted list initiates a 30-day public review and protest period, which ends Nov. 24.  If you are not able to access the website, copies of the lease sale notice are available at the California BLM State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, 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 September 2010 lease auction should be sent to the BLM, Attention:  Laurie Moore, 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1618, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than Jan. 8, 2010.

For questions regarding the Dec. 9 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.


Central California District   2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825  

Last updated: 10-28-2009