Leasable Minerals

Leasable minerals include coal, phosphate, oil, oil shale, gas, and sodium resources on the public domain as designated by the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 as Amended. The Mineral Leasing Act was amended to include minerals associated with lands acquired by the United States and by the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to include geothermal resources. Leasable minerals under federal ownership are available for development through the BLM's leasing program.


The RGFO manages coal resorces  in the Denver and Raton Basin Coal Regions. 

The RGFO is currently procesing a lease by application (LBA) for coal resources located in an area west of Trinidad, Colorado.  The RGFO is also working on an application for an exploration license for coal resources west of Trinidad.  

For more information about the BLM Colorado coal program. 


The Royal Gorge Field office is responsible for selling the first geothermal lease in Colorado since the 1980's.  This lease is in the Mt. Princeton area. 

For more information about the BLM Colorado Renewable Energy program

Oil and Gas

This RGFO oil and gas website has been set up to help oil and gas operators find the information necessary to develop a BLM-lease for oil and gas resources. Follow the links on the right to find the necessary forms and information for a Notice of Staking, Application Permit to Drill, Communitization Agreement and other reference information.





















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