The Fluid Minerals Program in the Northeastern States District is mandated by law, driven by customer demand, and moderated by interagency coordination and cooperation. Industry interest and activity as well as surface management agency cooperation determines where lease sales are scheduled. Industry applications for permits to drill trigger environmental and engineering work. Units and agreements are done in response to industry requests and to protect the public interest. Industry operations, including drilling, production, testing, and abandonment of locations create demand for inspections and compliance actions. Industry development of nonfederal minerals adjacent to Federal properties creates the requirement to determine and correct drainage of Federal resources.
The core mission of the Oil and Gas Program is to encourage and regulate the exploration and development of Federal oil and gas resources in accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.); the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947, as amended (30 U.S.C. 351-359); the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701); the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987; Section 2507 of the Comprehensive National Energy Policy Act of 1992 (PL 102-486); the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); and numerous other Acts identified at 43 CFR 3100.
Information about Gas Royalty payments within the Northeastern States District
Information about Oil Royalty payments within the Northeastern States District
Fluid Minerals Links:
CFR - The Code of Federal Regulations is the official compilation of the Federal regulations of a general applicability and legal effect that are currently in force. The Oil and Gas Program regulations are found at 43 CFR Group 3100.
MMS - The MMS's Royalty Management Program is responsible for the collection and distribution of all onshore royalties. Additional information on MMS activities, employment opportunities, information resources, freedom of information act, procurement, how to contact MMS employees, and MMS budget can be found at the MMS site.
Links to Information about the Minerals Program in The Eastern States
Eastern States' Division of Resources Planning and Protection
Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Notices
Frequently Used Oil and Gas Forms
Lease Sale Archive including the latest sale notice
Competitive Lease Process
Noncompetitive Lease Process
Energy and Minerals in Eastern States
Solid Minerals in Eastern States
Issue of Leases
Information on Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Oil and Gas Agreements in the Northeastern States Field Office
Information about Gas Royalty payments within the Northeastern States Field Office
Information about Oil Royalty payments within the Northeastern States Field Office
Sale notices and results are posted on the Lease Sale Archive page