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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

First Federal Helium Auction Generates Over $14 Million for US Treasury
Amarillo, Texas -- July 30, 2014 -- The Bureau of Land Management conducted the first auction of federal helium under the terms of the recently enacted Helium Stewardship Act. A total of 92 Mmcf from the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo was sold, representing 10 percent of the total volume BLM will make available from the Reserve in Fiscal Year 2015. The helium was sold in 12 lots ranging from five to 10 MMcf, with bids ranging from $130 to $180 per Mcf, generating a total of $14,972,568 in revenue.
 


 
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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