What is the difference between public domain and acquired lands?

Is there a charge for the Competitive Lease Sale Notice and Results List?

Is the Competitive Lease Sale and Results List available on the Internet?

What's the difference between an Expression of Interest (EOI) and a Noncompetitive Presale Lease Offer?

Should I submit a map with my EOI if it is for unsurveyed land or has been assigned an acquisition tract number?

How soon after receipt of my EOI/presale offer can I expect to see my lands offered competitively?

Why does the process take so long?

Is the nominee contacted if unexpected delays occur during the processing period?

After the oral auction, how soon will I receive my lease?

Am I required to sign and return the lease form?

Are transfers of operating rights adjudicated?

How do I file a "mass" assignment?

Can a noncompetitive lease offer be withdrawn?

How can I lease terminated or expired lands?

What ever happened to the "Land Lottery"?

Who should I contact when I'm ready to drill?

 


 

 

What is the difference between public domain and acquired lands?

Public Domain Land - Lands which have never left Federal ownership, also, lands in Federal ownership which were obtained by the Government in exchange for public lands or for timber on such lands.

Acquired Land - Lands in Federal ownership which are not public lands, having been obtained by the Government by purchase, condemnation, gift, or by exchange.

 

Is there a charge for the Competitive Lease Sale Notice and Results List?

Yes.  Both the Competitive Sale Notice and Results List are $10.00 each.  This price includes postage and notices up to 249 pages; notices that are over 249 pages cost an additional $5.00 each.

 

Is the Competitive Lease Sale and Results List available on the internet?

Yes --   CLICK HERE

 

What's the difference between an Expression of Interest (EOI) and a Noncompetitive Presale Lease Offer?

An EOI is an informal nomination for lands to appear on a competitive oil and gas auction. For more information  - click here

A noncompetitive presale lease offer is a formal nomination for lands to be offered competitively. Form 3100-11, most current version, must be completed and the first year's rental of $1.50 per acre or fraction thereof must accompany your offer, along with a nonrefundable filing fee of $400.  For more information  - click here

 

Should I submit a map with my EOI if it is for unsurveyed land or has been assigned an acquisition tract number?

Yes.  A map should be submitted if the lands have not been surveyed under the rectangular system.  The legal land description must be described in the offer as it appears in the deed or other document by which the U.S. acquired title to the minerals.  In other words, they must be described by either metes and bounds or an acquisition tract number.

Three copies of a map which clearly shows the desired lands applied for, and its location with respect to the administrative unit or project in which they are a part of, must also be provided.

 

How soon after receipt of my EOI/presale offer can I expect to see my lands offered competitively?

The length of time varies depending on the Surface Managing Agency (SMA).  Generally, lands administered by the National Forest Service typically can be processed and consent to lease granted within six to nine months, barring no preexisting title conflicts.  Other SMAs take upwards of two or more years.

 

Why does the process take so long?  

Environmental concerns and our reliance on other Agencies' input during the planning analysis and environment assessment process can lengthen the process.

 

Is the nominee contacted if unexpected delays occur during the processing period?

The interested party will be notified of any delays and given an opportunity to either modify or withdraw their request (in whole or part), if feasible.

 

After the oral auction, how soon will I receive my lease?

Your lease will be authorized and issued within 60 days after the sale date.

 

Am I required to sign and return the lease form?

Yes, only when submitting a noncompetitive presale lease offer.  On competitive leases, your signature on the bid form (Form 3000-2) at the sale signifies your acceptance of the lease terms on the back of the lease form.

 

Are transfers of operating rights adjudicated?

Yes. Transfers of operating rights are the interest or contractual obligation created out of a lease (sublease) authorizing the holder of that right to enter the leased lands to conduct drilling and related operations, including production.  These transfers are reviewed and processed.  Our biggest concern is bond coverage.  If you, as the transferor, maintain bonding for a lease and you transfer all of your lease interest to another party, the new party must provide a bond per 43 CFR 3106.6-1.  Bond coverage is required on a lease if -

  • There is an approved application for permit to drill (APD) on the lease; or
  • There is an unplugged well on the lease

For more information on transfers -- click here

 

How do I file a "mass" assignment?  

Use the current form (either Form 3000-3 or Form 3000-3a). You must have 3 originally executed copies; both the transferor and transferee must sign all 3 copies. Attach an exhibit to each original copy showing serial numbers, type and interest being conveyed, and a description of the lands. One reproduced copy of the form and the appropriate page of the exhibit for each lease is needed. A non-refundable $90 filing fee per instrument, per lease is required. For administrative convenience, we recommend that mass transfers involve 10 or more leases and separate checks for each lease be provided. For more information on transfers -- click here

 

Can a noncompetitive lease offer be withdrawn?

Yes.  Noncompetitive "presale" lease offers can be withdrawn by the offeror any time prior to issuance of the lease.  

Noncompetitive "postsale" lease offers may be withdrawn by the offeror if the withdrawal request is received in the proper BLM office within 60 days of filing the lease offer and prior to lease issuance. If a postsale offer is withdrawn 60 days after the date of filing, the lands would continue to be available for noncompetitive leasing for the remainder of the two-year period.

 

How can I lease terminated or expired lands?  

Lands that are in a terminated or expired must first be offered through the competitive bidding process.  

 

What ever happened to the "Land Lottery"?

The oil and gas (land) lottery system was discontinued when Congress passed the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987, which required that all public lands available for oil and gas leasing be offered first by competitive bidding process.  We publish a free brochure entitled, "The Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing System", which can be mailed upon request.

 

Who should I contact when I'm ready to drill?

You will need to file your application for a permit to drill with one of our Field Offices. For more information on onshore operations -- click here

The BLM - Southeastern States Field Office (SSFO) has jurisdiction in the following 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.  Applications can be filed at the below address:

Bureau of Land Management
Southeastern States Field Office
Division of Minerals
411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 404
Jackson, MS 39206
601-977-5426

The BLM - Northeastern States Field Office (NSFO) has jurisdiction in the following 20 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Virginia.  Applications can be filed at the below address:

Bureau of Land Management
Northeastern States Field Office
626 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-4617
414-297-4400