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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
Operations

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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.

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Information about
leasing and developing
Federal helium.

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

BLM Announces Helium Auction for July 30, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Amarillo Field Office has announced a July 30, 2014, helium auction at the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo.  The auction is part of an implementation plan developed in response to the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 (HSA), which mandated the transition to a privatized system.

Federal Register Notice 2014-11410: Implementation of Helium Stewardship Act Sales and Auctions
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of and request comments on the methods and procedures that BLM intends to use to implement the the Helium Stewardship Act. The BLM intends to hold the Fiscal Year 2015 sale and auction and FY 2016 one-time sale by August 1, 2014. Comments regarding this proposed action must be received by the BLM on or before June 16, 2014. A document library containing draft forms to be used in connection with the proposed sale and auction is available here.

Public Scoping Period for Implementation of the Helium Stewardship Act is Now Closed
The Bureau of Land Management, Amarillo Field Office, has completed public public scoping to identify issues and concerns that should be analyzed in connection with implementation of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 (HSA). A summary of comments received during the scoping period, which ran from March 6 through March 21, 2014, is available here.


 
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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, pmcguire@blm.gov

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