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Release Date: 10/25/13
Contacts: Theresa Herrera, 505-954-2021    

BLM to Hold Rotational Federal Oil and Gas Lease Sales

Santa Fe, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico, which includes Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, announces plans to hold rotational Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Federal mineral estate.  Currently, BLM New Mexico offers for lease Federal mineral estate four times a year and is the only State that does not rotate oil and gas lease sales by District or Field Offices.  A change to a rotational sale process would mean that the BLM New Mexico would still hold four sales per year, but only offer for sale Federal mineral estate within a certain District, Field and/or geographic area once per year.  This strategy establishes a process to ensure orderly, effective, timely, and environmentally-responsible leasing of oil and gas resources on Federal minerals in New Mexico.  The first rotational sale is scheduled for the April 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Sale, with parcels being offered from the Oklahoma Field Office.
The New Mexico State Office is currently developing a rotational sale schedule for the remainder of 2014 and 2015. It is anticipated that this schedule will be completed by the end of November 2013.
The lease sale notice information can be found at:

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: 10-25-2013