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Central California District
Release Date: 06/16/11
Contacts: Laurie Moore (916) 978-4377    
News Release No. CA-CC-11-65

BLM Plans Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Auction

The Bureau of Land Management will auction oil and gas leases on federal land in Central California on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The lease auction will be held at the California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento.

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 four parcels for a total of 2,605.4 acres of public lands in Fresno and Monterey 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 If you are not able to access this site, copies of the lease sale notice will be available at the BLM California State Office and the BLM Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, 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. For those lands that are split-estate (private surface/federal minerals), please provide the surface ownership (name and address) in your expression of interest.

Expressions of interest to be included in the June 2012 lease auction should be sent to the BLM, Attention:  Laurie Moore, 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1623, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than August 12, 2011.  The next scheduled oil and gas auction is December 14, 2011, in Bakersfield.

For questions regarding the September 14, 2011, oil and gas lease auction or to obtain a form to submit an expression of interest, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377.

Central California District, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 06-16-2011