Oil and Gas Leasing Program
Oil and natural gas development on the public’s land and the public’s mineral estate provides an economic driver for Colorado’s economy, with 44,978 Colorado jobs supported by energy and mineral development on Colorado’s public lands, generating $9.5 billion in economic activity last year.
Roughly 90 percent of oil and natural gas development in Colorado occurs on state and private land. The State of Colorado has led the nation in providing a regulatory framework to manage this development in an environmentally responsible manner on state and private lands.
The BLM also has a robust regulatory framework, mandated by laws like the Mineral Leasing Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and many other federal laws and regulations.
We manage the public’s land and mineral estate for multiple uses, ranging from energy development to wildlife habitat to recreation and conservation. To help better balance these often conflicting demands on our public lands, the BLM implemented oil and natural gas leasing reform in 2010. These reforms provide the public more involvement earlier in the process to better inform our decisions, and help reduce conflict, protests and litigation.
Notice: Revised Limitations on Credit Card Payments Effective June 30, 2012
Notice: New Expression of Interest Requirement Effective August 3, 2009
Your own copy of Bid Form 3000-2 now required on Sale Day
Fixed Cost Recovery Fees FY 2011
Notice of New Approved Forms (January 2010): 3000-3 Assignment of Record Title Interest and 3000-3a Transfer of Operating Rights