Oil and Gas
NEWS | Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reforms to Improve Certainty, Reduce Conflicts (January 2010)
The BLM has announced a series of steps that will aid in orderly leasing and development of oil and gas resources while at the same time ensuring protection of other important resources on BLM-managed lands. The changes will result in more certainty for investors and industry, better value and better leasing decisions on behalf of taxpayers, and less controversy, fewer protests, and less money spent litigating leases offered. factsheet | side-by-side comparison
NEWS | New fees for drilling permit applications (November 2009)
The FY2010 Interior Appropriations bill, signed into law on October 30, 2009, directs the BLM to charge $6,500 for processing each new oil and gas drilling permit application (Application for Permit to Drill [APD]). The fee took effect November 2, 2009. The previous fee was $4,000 per APD. The money generated by APD fees constitutes a reimbursement to the U.S. Treasury for the estimated cost of processing new APDs.
The BLM offered certain lands in Jefferson County, Idaho for competitive sale at the BLM Utah State Office in Salt Lake City in June 2008.