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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 02/27/14
Contacts: Theresa Herrera 505-954-2021    

BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nets Over $31 Million from Parcels in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas with States to share nearly half of sale revenues


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 $31 million in revenues from the sale of 76 Federal leases in the States of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.
 
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 where leasing occurs. New Mexico will receive $13,844,227 million on 22 Federal leases totaling 6,947.19 acres from today’s sale; while Oklahoma will receive $265,869.12 on 10 Federal leases totaling 616.52 acres; Texas will receive $890,077.92 on 43 Federal leases totaling 3,408.63 acres; and Kansas will receive $8,640 on one Federal lease totaling 120 acres.
 
Over the past 10 years, New Mexico has received $4.3 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.
 
Beginning April 16, 2014, the BLM will hold its first geographical Rotational Oil and Gas Lease Sale at the New Mexico State Office, located at 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parcels will be offered for Oklahoma and Texas. For information about upcoming lease sales, visit: www.blm.gov/nm/oilandgas


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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 02-28-2014