BLM April 2024 North Dakota and Montana oil and gas lease sale results

Eastern Montana/Dakotas DO
Media Contact
Mark Jacobsen

BILLINGS, Mont.  The Bureau of Land Management Montana-Dakotas State Office held a competitive oil and gas lease sale, offering 30 parcels covering 5,981 acres in North Dakota and Montana. In total, 105 bids were received, with 21 parcels covering 4,635.11 acres leased, roughly 77% percent of the total acreage available. A total of $663,524.00 in high bids were received.

The environmental assessment, maps, parcel lists, Notice of Competitive Lease Sale and proposed lease stipulations are available online at the BLM’s ePlanning website at:

As authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act, BLM will apply a 16.67 percent royalty rate for production on any new leases from this sale. More information about the Act is available on BLM's online fact sheet. Revenues are split between the state where the drilling occurs and the U.S. Treasury.

Leasing is the first step in the process to develop federal oil and gas resources. Before development operations can begin, an operator must submit an application for permit to drill detailing development plans. The BLM reviews applications for permits to drill, posts them for public review, conducts an environmental analysis and coordinates with state partners and stakeholders.

All parcels leased for oil and gas lease include appropriate stipulations to protect important natural resources. Information on current and upcoming BLM leases is available through the National Fluid Lease Sale System.