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Release Date: 08/11/11
Contacts: Vanessa Delgado, Public Affairs Specialist, 303-239-3681    

BLM oil and gas lease sale nets $3,018

DENVER  Today the Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office sold one parcel totaling 820 acres for $3,018 including rentals and fees at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The per-acre price for the parcel in Rio Blanco County was $2, and sold to Retamco Operating Inc., in Red Lodge, Mont.

The State of Colorado will receive 49 percent of the proceeds of the sale, with the remainder going to the federal government.

The State of Colorado received more than $229.4 million in Fiscal Year 2010 from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil, gas and coal.

A lease is the first step for a company or individual before eventually applying to develop and produce oil and gas from the BLM-managed public mineral estate. Additional planning, environmental analysis and public input must occur before drilling can begin.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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