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Federal Helium Program

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The Federal Helium Program, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Amarillo Field Office, is responsible for the conservation and sale of Federally owned helium. The BLM operates and maintains a helium storage reservoir, enrichment plant, and pipeline system near Amarillo, Texas, that supplies over 40 percent of domestic demand for helium. The program operates under the authority of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013.




About Helium

 Helium Resources 
on Federal Lands

Federal Helium

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Information about the properties and uses of this unique element and the Federal role in managing it as a strategic resource.



Information about
leasing and developing
Federal helium.



Information of interest to refiners, distributors and end users of helium, including detailed reporting as  required by the Helium  Stewardship Act.

News & Alerts

FY16 Helium Auction Yields $28.54 Million
The Bureau of Land Management conducted its second annual auction of Federal helium at the Amarillo Field Office, under the terms of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013. A total of 300 MMcf from the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo was offered in 18 lots ranging from 5-25 MMcf. Bids ranged from $100 to $106 per Mcf, generating a total of $28,545,000 in revenue.

Click here for additional documents relating to the FY 2016 sale and auction.

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General and media inquiries about the Federal Helium Program may be directed to Paul McGuire, Public Affairs Specialist, at (405) 790-1009,

Amarillo Field Office Manager: Robert Jolley, (806) 356-1000