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Montana State Office
Release Date: 04/08/10
Contacts: Greg Albright 406-896-5260    
  Mary Apple 406-896-5258    

BLM Delays Oil and Gas Lease Sales

In order to bring more certainty to industry and in light of expected litigation, the Bureau of Land Management in Montana and the Dakotas will delay scheduled oil and gas lease sales in order to complete additional environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.  The next sale had been scheduled for April 13 and included 129 parcels in Montana and the Dakotas.

Until additional environmental reviews are completed, the BLM agreed to suspend 61 Montana oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008 and that were subject to a lawsuit. “Since we agreed to conduct additional environmental reviews on the 2008 leases, it only makes sense to complete additional environmental reviews before we offer new acreage for leasing,” said the BLM’s Montana State Director Gene Terland.

By taking this additional time, the BLM will be able to provide assurances to industry so that it can move forward with greater certainty in leasing parcels from the BLM and developing oil and gas resources.

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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Last updated: 06-28-2012