Communitization (Pooling)

Provides for the pooling of federal and/or Indian lands, with other lands, when separate tracts under such federal and Indian lands cannot be independently developed and operated in conformity with an established well-spacing program.



 North Dakota Field Office (NDFO) Federal & Indian Communitization Agreement (CA) Workshop

     BLM partnered with the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NPDC) will be hosting a free NDFO CA Workshop for all interested operators on October 9, 2014 in Billings, MT.  

    The CA Workshop will provide training on what information needs to be in a CA, how to handle difficult mineral situations, and how to be successful in effectively attaining approval of a CA. 

To request to be added to the invitation list, please contact Terra Gusler at
    In order to streamline the approval process, it is no longer required to provide
    Federal lessee or Federal operating rights owners signatures with the submitted
    CA as long as there is an approved spacing and forced pooling order from the
    North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC).  Only the CA operator's signature
    is required
    • For Federal CAs you do not have to include the Pooling Clause in Exhibit B if you have a State forced pooling order. If you do not have a State forced pooling order in place, then you must include the Pooling Clause for each lease in Exhibit B with the exact wording of the independent pooling agreement.

    • It is no longer required to provide the ORIGINAL LESSEE or the ORRI NAME AND PERCENT OF INTEREST in the Exhibit B for either Federal CAs or Indian CAs. 

     Point of Contact Information

    All Montana Federal and Indian CAs are processed by:

    Jackie Anderson with the Miles City Field Office (MCFO): (406) 233-3641

    Great Falls Oil & Gas Field Office (GFFS): 
    Dale Manchester: (406) 791-7789 
    Don Judice: (406) 791-7767

    Normally, you would submit all North Dakota and South Dakota Federal and Indian CAs to the North Dakota Field Office (NDFO) but since the NDFO is overburden with the a heavy workload created by the Bakken boom, all North Dakota and South Dakota Federal and Indian CAs are being processed by the Montana State Office (MTSO) in Billings, Montana.

    The address and the BLM representatives that are currently processing the North Dakota and South Dakota CAs are:

    Federal CAs:
    Terra Gusler:             (406) 896-5062
    Merry Prestridge:      (406) 896-5026

    Indian CAs:
    Jane Buechler:           (406) 896-5058
    Samantha Iron Shirt  (406) 896-5110

    Montana State Office
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, Montana 59101

    Please mail all completed North Dakota and South Dakota Federal and Indian CAs and any addtional information pertaining to CAs to the personnel and address above. We can accept corrections or addtional information via email but all the original, notarized signed documents must be received by mail.


    CA Information:

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Communitization Manual


Change of Operator

Communitization Forms
Examples of Exhibits
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