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Release Date: 11/21/13
Contacts: Theresa Herrera , 505-954-2021  

BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nets Over $11 Million from Parcels in Roswell and Carlsbad, New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM–As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas lease auction today netted more than $11 million in revenues from the sale of 17 Federal leases totaling 5,554.45 acres in Roswell and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

BLM oil and gas leases are awarded for a period of 10 years and for as long thereafter as there is production in paying quantities. The revenue from the sale of these Federal leases, as well as the 12.5 percent royalties collected from the production of those leases, is shared between the Federal Government and the State of New Mexico. Fifty-two percent of the revenue generated goes to the Federal Government and 48 percent to the State which is about $5,449,440 in revenues.

Over the past 10 years, New Mexico has received more than $4 billion from energy production on BLM-managed Federal leases, all of which has been allocated directly to public education.

The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 and the 1987 Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act authorize leasing of Federal oil and gas resources. The 1987 law requires each BLM state office to conduct oil and gas lease sales on at least a quarterly basis. BLM lease sales are competitive and conducted by oral bidding.

The next BLM Federal oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for February 26, 2014, at the BLM’s New Mexico State Office, located at 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. For information about upcoming lease sales and how to comment on nominated parcels, visit:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 11-22-2013