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January 21, 2015 Lease Sale

Update – December 31, 2014: The January 21, 2015 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale has been postponed. The five lease parcels being considered for sale will be deferred. More information on the postponement, can be found at:

Update – August 14, 2014:
No new Expressions of Interests were received from industry for parcels in the Las Cruces District Office and the Rio Puerco Field Office. However, the BLM New Mexico State Office will consider for lease five parcels within the Farmington Field Office. These parcels were originally considered for lease in the October 21, 2014, Lease Sale, but deferred for additional Tribal consultation. Recently, the BLM has confirmed that these parcels are being drained by wells in proximity to the parcels. In order to avoid further uncompensated drainage and loss of royalties, the BLM will consider these parcels for sale in the January 21, 2015, Lease Sale and completing all necessary Tribal consultation.

The BLM New Mexico State Office will be accepting Expressions of Interests (EOIs) for both the Las Cruces District Office and Rio Puerco Field Office. However, only EOIs received for one of these offices will be offered for sale in the January 2015 Oil & Gas Lease Sale. This decision will be made by April 11, 2014. All other EOIs received for the January 2015 Lease Sale will be considered in future sales. For more information see the BLM to Hold Rotational Federal Oil & Gas Lease Sales news release or contact Becky Hunt, Natural Resource Specialist, at or 505-954-2154.

Confidentiality Policy
Any comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, you submit may be made available for public review. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

Document Index
Please note that not all documents may be available at a given time. They will be added as they become available.

DocumentDate(s) Available 

Two Week Public Scoping

Note: There will not be a scoping period since the parcels were originally scoped during the October 21, 2014 two week public scoping period. The nominated parcel list with the field office's preliminary recommendations, stipulation summaries, GIS shapefiles and map are provided below.

Lindsey Eoff,, (505) 564-7670

NATwo week public scoping period of nominated lease parcels including the field offices preliminary recommendations and stipulations. Stipulation summaries, GIS shapefiles, and maps are also provided. This allows the public an opportunity to provide comments which are then analyzed and incorporated into the environmental analysis as appropriate.

30 Day Public Review

Comments can be submitted to the BLM NM State Office at the following address:

8/25/2014 through 9/23/2014

Thirty day public review and comment period of the lease sale Environmental Assessment (EA) and the unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Comments received from the public will be analyzed and incorporated into the environmental analysis as appropriate.

Lease Sale Notice & Protest Period

10/22/2014 through 11/20/2014

Last day to submit protest: 11/20/2014

Notice of Competitive Lease Sale and lease sale Environmental Assessment (EA) posting with unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Thirty day lease sale protest period begins.


11/21/2014 or later

Lease sale protests received from the public during the 30 day protest period and BLM responses to the protests and decisions.

Sale Results

  • Sale Results
1/21/2015Summary of the lease sale results. It includes the total number and acreage of parcels sold and the net revenue (bonus bids, fees and first-year rentals) generated from the sale.

EA, FONSI & Decision Record

12/19/2014 or laterFinal lease sale EA with signed FONSI and Decision Record (DR).
LR2000 Lease Issuance ReportTBDReport of the leases issued after the sale.