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Release Date: 10/21/13
Contacts: Theresa Herrera, 505-954-2021    

BLM to Hold Federal Oil and Gas Lease Sale on November 21

Santa Fe, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rescheduled an October 16 lease sale that would have offered 17 parcels totaling 5,554 acres on public land administered by the BLM in New Mexico.   The oral auction will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the BLM New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This sale could not occur on the scheduled date because of the Federal Government shutdown.
BLM representatives will be available in the lobby at 8 a.m. to allow each interested party time to obtain a bidding number.  The sale will begin promptly at 9 a.m.  Only oral bids offered at the sale will be accepted. Parcels will be awarded to qualified bidders offering the highest acceptable bid. The minimum acceptable bid is $2 per acre.
The lease sale notice can be found at:
Leases are awarded for a period of 10 years and as long thereafter as there is production in paying quantities.  The revenue from the sale of Federal leases, as well as the 12.5 percent royalties collected from the production of those leases, is shared between the Federal Government and the states.  Fifty-two percent of the revenue generated goes to the Federal Government and 48 percent is returned to the state where leasing occurs.
Over the past 10 years, New Mexico has received over $4 billion from energy production on BLM-managed Federal leases, all of which has been allocated directly to public education.

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: 10-21-2013