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October 8, 2008

    Roger Alexander

BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nets Over $9 Million,
 State of Wyoming to Get Nearly Half

The Bureau of Land Management generated $9,220,797.00 for leasing rights and rental fees on parcels offered at the BLM's bimonthly federal oil and gas lease auction held in Cheyenne on Oct. 7, 2008. Almost half of the bid and rental receipts go to the State of Wyoming.

"Energy development drives the Wyoming economy and our state provides critical energy resources for the entire nation," said BLM Wyoming Acting State Director Don Simpson.

Bids totaling $8,864,991.00 ranged from the federally mandated minimum of $2 per acre to a high bid of $1,110.00 per acre. Successful bidders also pay a $140 per parcel administrative one-time fee and yearly rental of $1.50 per acre for the first five years of the lease and $2 per acre in years six through 10.

A total of 217,555.170 acres in 210 parcels were sold.

Parcels that didn't receive bids at the auction are available noncompetitively for the yearly rental fee ($1.50 per acre for the first five years and $2 per acre for the second five years) and a $360 administrative fee at the BLM office in Cheyenne.

The next oil and gas lease sale will be held on December 2, 2008, in Cheyenne.

In fiscal year 2007, oil and gas operations on BLM-administered public lands and federal mineral estate in Wyoming produced 29,844,078 barrels of oil and 1,392,972,656 million cubic feet of gas, which generated $1,045,114,191 in federal oil and gas royalties. Nearly half the royalty payments were disbursed to the State of Wyoming.

October 2008 
Wyoming Competitive Sale Results Summary 

Parcels Offered 


Parcels Sold


% Parcels Sold


Acres Offered


Acres Sold


% Acres Sold


Average Bid/Acre
    For Acres Offered
    For Acres Sold


Average Bid/Parcel
    For Parcels Offered
    For Parcels Sold


Highest Bid/Acre


Parcel with High Bid/Acre


Highest Bid/Parcel


Parcel with High Total Bid 


Total Bonus Bid


Total Rental Due


Total Administrative Fees Due


Total Receipts Due