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Release Date: 11/17/11
Contacts: Mary Apple 406-896-5258    

BLM Rejects Coal Lease Bid

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected the only bid it received at its November 16 coal lease sale. The bid did not meet or exceed BLM’s estimate of the fair market value of the tracts.

Signal Peak Energy LLC submitted the high bid of $5,325,000 ($0.15 per recoverable ton) for five unleased coal tracts in Musselshell County. The BLM offered the tracts for sale in response to Signal Peak’s coal lease application. The tracts are located approximately 12 miles south of Roundup and are adjacent to Signal Peak’s Bull Mountains Mine No 1.

Signal Peak Energy LLC may request the Montana/Dakotas BLM to offer the coal lease tracts for sale again. The Montana/Dakotas BLM would consider reoffering the coal tracts for sale if it receives a written request to that effect from Signal Peak Energy LLC.

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