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Oil and Gas
Guidelines For Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI)
An expression of interest (EOI) is an informal nomination to request certain lands be included in a competitive oil and gas lease sale. This request must be made in writing (no specific form required) and either mailed or faxed to the BLM Oregon/Washington State Office. Make certain your EOI contains a complete legal land description.
The BLM will publish EOI submissions received on or after January 1, 2014, on the website of the BLM state office where the nominated parcel is located. EOI submitters who consider their name and address confidential should not include that information in their EOI. The BLM no longer requires submitters of EOIs to provide their name or address. Submitters may still provide this information for contact purposes; however, the BLM will make the information available to the public.
No filing fee is required. EOIs are not automatically placed on a sale when received. The parcels must be reviewed for availability and environmental concerns prior to being placed on a sale. Additionally, if your EOI includes lands where the surface is managed by another agency, BLM is required to obtain consent and recommendations from that surface managing agency (SMA) before placing the lands on a competitive sale notice. The SMA may need to prepare or update its environmental document, which will require additional time. Also, BLM's records must be updated to document the US mineral interest verified by the SMA.
Regulations pertaining to competitive oil and gas leasing can be found in Title 43 CFR 3120. Prior to submitting your EOI, BLM public records should be reviewed to make certain the lands are available for leasing. The following lands are not available for leasing:
- Lands already leased for oil and gas
- Lands with non-Federally owned minerals
- Lands within city limits
- Lands withdrawn from mineral leasing
- Lands located in designated or proposed wilderness study areas (WSA)
- Lands within an Indian Reservation
- Lands within an existing or pending Land Exchange
In checking the public records, make certain that:
- Expired leases have not been extended beyond their primary term by diligent drilling;
- Terminated leases are not in the process of being reinstated.
EOIs must be submitted with a complete legal land description. If your EOI contains lands not within a 6-mile square area, please configure the lands into the parcels as you would like to see them on a sale notice. Each parcel must not exceed 2,560 acres. If your EOI contains more than 2,560 acres and you have not configured your parcel, BLM will parcel the lands, which may not agree with the parcel configuration you prefer.
Split-Estate (EOI and Presale Offers):
If you are nominating any split-estate lands – private surface/federal minerals – you must include the name and address of the current private surface owners(s). BLM will send a letter to the surface owner(s) when the sale notice is posted.
Please mail your EOI to:
Bureau of Land Management
Oregon State Office
PO Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208-2965