BLM seeks public comment for October 2024 North Dakota oil and gas lease sale

Media Contact
Mark Jacobsen

BILLINGS, Mont.  The Bureau of Land Management Montana-Dakotas State Office today opened a 30-day public comment period to receive public input on 20 oil and gas parcels totaling 3,173 acres that may be included in an upcoming lease sale in North Dakota. The comment period ends June 10, 2024. 

 The BLM completed scoping on these parcels in April 2024 and is now seeking public comment on the parcels, potential deferrals, and the related environmental analysis. BLM will use input from the public to help complete its review of each parcel and determine if leasing of these parcels conforms with all applicable laws, policies, and land use plans. 

 The parcels the BLM is analyzing, as well as maps and instructions on how to comment are available on the BLM’s ePlanning website at:  

 The terms of federal fluid mineral leases will be consistent with the Fluid Minerals Leasing and Leasing Process Rule, which reflects Congressional direction from the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including a 16.67 percent royalty rate for production on any new leases. 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