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Central California District
Release Date: 06/20/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
  Erin Curtis , 916-978-4622  
News Release No. CA-CC-62

BLM Plans Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Auction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer eleven parcels encompassing approximately 5,179 acres of public lands in Kings and Kern counties during a competitive oil and gas lease auction on Wednesday, September 12 at the Bakersfield Convention Center Marriott, located at 801 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield.

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. 

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 the public is unable 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.

BLM is required by law to periodically offer federal land to 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, please provide the surface ownership (name and address) in your expression of interest.
Submit expressions of interest to the Bureau of Land Management, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623, Attn: Laurie Moore, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than July 27, 2012.  For additional information or to obtain an expression of interest form, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377 or Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office (661) 391-6129.

The BLM has tentatively scheduled oil and gas lease sales on December 12, 2012, and in June 2013.  Additional information will be posted on the web once finalized. 


Central California District   2800 Cottage Way      Sacramento, CA 95825  

Last updated: 06-20-2012