Successful Competitive Lease Sales Since 1990, Colorado

BLM Colorado maintains records of coal lease sales during the year.  This table provides information about lease sales based on the Lease by Application (LBA) serial number, which is used to identify and track applications.  Sometimes, the applicant is not the same as the final lessee because during the bidding process, someone may submit a larger bid than the applicant.

Data in this table may not add up to the state-specific totals listed on the BLM's national coal page because the national table includes information, such as lease modifications and relinquishments not included here.


LBA Serial Number

Applicant

Federal Register Notice

Acres Offered (per sale notice)

Tons Offered (per sale notice)

Successful Bid

$/ton

$/acre

Lessee (as issued)

Effective Date

COC 049465

 Blue Flame Coal

Vol.56, No.56 Pg. 10695

 193.080

 1,008,000

 102,057.58

 .10

 528.58

 GCC Energy LLC

 9/1/1990

COC 051551

 Western Fuels-Utah Inc.

Vol.56, No.98 Pg. 23299

 1,360.000

8,724,000

698,000.00

.08

 513.24

 Blue Mountain Energy Inc. 

 10/1/1991

COC 053510

 Somerset Mining Co.

Vol.57, No.130 Pg. 29882

 1,339.560

10,260,000

 1,026,000.00

 .10

 765.92

 Oxbow Mining LLC

 11/1/1992

COC 053356

 Cyprus Orchard Valley

  Vol.57, No.220 Pg. 53923

521.780

1,290,000

141,900.00

 .11

 271.95

 Bowie Resources LLC

 3/1/1993

 COC 053560

 Cyprus Western Coal Co.

Vol.58, No.169  Pg. 46649

544.08

3,584,000

57,225

.016

105

 Twentymile Coal Co.

1/1/1994

COC 054558

 Atlantic Richfield

  Vol.58, No.184 Pg. 50046

 1,011.640

10,044,000

803,520.00

 .08

 794.27

 Mountain Coal Co. LLC

1/1/1994

COC 056447

 Atlantic Richfield

Vol.60, No.68 Pg. 18142

 2,769.670

 37,180,000

6,408,034.95

 .17

 2,313.37

 Mountain  Coal Co. LLC

6/1/1995

COC 054608

 Cyprus Western Coal Co.

  Vol.61, No.13 Pg. 1392

 2,600.000

 23,870,000

 4,057,900.00

 .17

 1,560.73

 Twentymile Coal Co.

 2/1/1996

 COC 060941

 National King Coal, LLC

Vol.63, No.35 Pg. 9012

194.79

624,100

19,751.71

.032

101.40

 GCC Energy LCC

10/1/1998

COC 061209

 Bowie Resources Ltd.

Vol.65, No.75 Pg. 20827

 3,210.820

 32,600,000

 10,334,186.07

 .32

 3,218.55

 Bowie Resources LLC

 9/1/2000

COC 061357

 Oxbow Mining Co.

 Vol.65, No.75 Pg. 20828

 4,443.570

20,766,000

8,723,660.88

 .42

 1,963.21

 Oxbow Mining LLC

 9/1/2000

COC 062920

 National King Coal

 
Vol.66, No.152 Pg. 41263

 1,304.510

 7,050,000

 396,720.00

 .06

 304.11

 GCC Energy LLC

 11/1/2002

COC 066514

 Blue Ridge Services

  Vol.68, No.240 Pg. 69717

 1,520.240

8,365,000

2,065,000.00

 .25

 1,358.34

 Cam-Colorado LLC

 12/1/2004

COC 067011

 Ark Land Co.

 Vol.69, No.101 Pg. 29743

 690.950

2,400,000

 191,994.35

 .08

 277.87

 Ark Land Co. 

 9/1/2004

COC 067514

 Cyprus Western Coal Co.

 Vol.71, No.148 Pg. 43807

 200.360

2,100,000

 525,000.00

 .25

 2,620.28

 Twentymile Coal Co.

 1/1/2007

COC 068590

 Colowyo Coal Co.

Vol.72, No.79 Pg. 20560

 1,406.710

92,000,000

13,106,600.00

 .14

 9,317.20

 Colowyo Coal Co. LP

 9/1/2007

COC 067232

 Ark Land Co.

  Vol.71, No.236 Pg. 71186

 1,517.130

12,100,000*

3,025,000.00

 .25

 1,993.90

 Ark Land Co.

 03/1/2007

COC 072980

 Twentymile Coal Co.

 Vol.73, No.212 Pg. 64981

 500.000

 1,407,636

 350,000.00

 .25

 700.00

 Twentymile Coal Co.

 3/1/2009

COC 070615

 Oxbow Mining LLC

 Vol.77, No.70 Pg. 21803

 725.900

 3,960,000

 900,000.00

 .23

 1,239.84

 Oxbow Mining LLC

 7/1/2012

COC 074219

 Sage Creek Holdings LLC

 
Vol.77, No.132 Pg. 40630

 400.000

 3,200,000

 800,000.00

 .25

 2,000.00

 Sage Creek Holdings

 9/1/2012

COC 074813

 Blue Mtn Energy Co.

 Vol.78, No.62 Pg. 19520

 3,154.760

 21,308,000

 6,390,000.00

 .30

 6,025.51

 Blue Mtn Energy Inc.

6/1/2013

COC
75916

Bowie Resources, LLC

Vol.79, No.126 Pg. 37345

1,790.2

8,020,000

2,887,200

.36

1,612.78

Bowie Resources, LLC

10/1/2014

Source:  Lease sales data are from BLM Colorado.  For additional information, please contact the BLM Colorado state office .

*
Based on the Federal Register Notice, the total recoverable reserves were estimated to be 17.3 million tons. The presale estimate was later corrected to reflect the 12.1 million tons shown online.

Definitions used in this table

Lease by Application (LBA) Serial Number:   A unique application identifier assigned by the BLM for processing the application.  Under an LBA, an application from the public to lease a particular tract of coal is submitted.

Applicant:   The applicant is the person, association, or corporation requesting the right to mine Federal coal through an LBA.  Applicants pay for BLM processing and work with the BLM through the application process.  Applicants shall meet the qualifications required in 43 CFR 3472.  Note that the applicant is not necessarily the lessee, who is the successful bidder.

Lessee (as issued):   The successful bidder for a lease who has entered into a contract with the BLM to develop Federal coal.  The successful bidder is determined by the highest bid that meets or exceeds the pre-sale Fair Market Value estimate, and has been determined to be qualified under 43 CFR 3472 to hold a lease.

Acres Offered (per sale notice):   The acres offered is the number published in the Federal Register lease sale notice or in the detailed statement of the terms and conditions of the lease provided prior to the sale.

Tons Offered (per sale notice):   The tons offered is the quantity of coal listed normally as recoverable reserve (sometimes provided as minable reserves) published in the Federal Register lease notice or in the detailed statement of the terms and conditions of the lease provided prior to the sale.  See 43 CFR 3480.0-5 for definitions of recoverable coal reserves and minable reserve base.

Successful Bid:   The amount of the bonus bid offered for a lease tract for the purpose of obtaining the right to explore and develop Federal coal.      

Effective Date:   The date the coal lease becomes effective. A lease normally becomes effective the first day of the month following the lease signature.