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Eastern States Office of External Affairs
Release Date: 06/16/11
Contacts: Diane Hendry , 703-440-1720 ,

All parcels offered are sold in oil and gas lease sale at BLM Eastern States

All parcels offered are sold in oil and gas lease sale

at BLM Eastern States 


Springfield, Virginia—The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in competitive bids for all parcels offered.  The sale was held at the BLM-Eastern States Office, Springfield, Virginia on June 16, 2011.  The combined bids brought in $7,922,705.50 that is distributed between the Federal government and states where the parcels were located.  Regulations require the bidding to open at $2.00 per acre.  More than 137,000 acres were offered in the sale parcels.


The parcels in the sale were located in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  In Alabama, parcels were sold in Pickens County.  In Arkansas, parcels were sold in Pope and Van Buren Counties.  In Louisiana, parcels were sold in Vernon, Grant, Winn and Natchitoches Parishes.  In Mississippi, parcels were sold in Grenada, Scott, Adams, Wilkinson, Sharkey, Harrison, Amite and Franklin Counties.  The highest per-acre bid of the auction was made by Sebastien Land Company of Shreveport, LA, at $20,000.00 per acre for 161.26 acres.  It was parcel number 228.


Leases are awarded for a term of ten years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities.  The Federal government receives a royalty of 12 and one-half percent of the value of production.  Each state government receives a 25 percent minimum share of the bonus bid and the royalty revenue from each lease issued in that state.



March 17, 2011

BLM Eastern States Oil and Gas Lease Sale Results Summary

Parcels Offered for Auction:  225                                         

Parcels Sold:  225                                                                  

% Parcels Sold:  100%                                                   

Acres Offered:  137,602.54 

Acres Sold:  137,602.54   

Acres Sold:  100%                                                                

Average Bid/Acre:  $55.84 

Average Bid/Parcel:  $34,149.40 

Highest Bid/Acre:  $20,000.00 

Parcel # with High Bid/Acre:  228                                            

Highest Bid/Parcel:  $3,240,000.00 

Parcel with High Total Bid:  228                                            

Total Bonus Bid:  $7,683,616.00 

Total Rental Due:  $206,554.50 

Total Administrative Fees Due:  $32,625.00 

Total Receipts Due:  $7,922,795.50 


























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.

Last updated: 03-12-2013