October 21, 2015 Lease Sale

The Expression of Interest cut-off date for the October 2015 Oil & Gas Lease Sale is December 26, 2014.

The BLM New Mexico State Office will only be considering Expressions of Interests (EOIs) received for the Farmington District Office (Farmington and Taos Field Offices) in the October 2015 Oil & Gas Lease Sale. All other EOIs received for the October 2015 Oil & Gas 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 rhunt@blm.gov or 505-954-2154.

Update – May 11, 2015: The New Mexico Bureau of Land Management will not offer the three Farmington lease parcels for sale in the October 21, 2015 oil and gas lease sale because additional time is required to evaluate public comments regarding potential drainage, tribal consultation, and environmental justice.

Update – March 8, 2015: The BLM New Mexico State Office will consider for lease seventeen parcels within the Carlsbad Field Office. Drill Islands that have been established by oil and gas companies with concurrence from the potash industry in accordance with the 2012 Secretary’s Potash Order have improved the opportunity to access remote unleased fluid mineral estate with horizontal drilling technology. In order to avoid loss of access to the fluid mineral estate (mineral estate becomes stranded or isolated due to active underground potash mining and would not be suitable for oil and gas development) and avoid further loss of royalties, the BLM will consider these parcels for sale in the October 21, 2015, Lease Sale.

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

Field Office project lead contacts are listed on the nominated parcel webpage.

3/9/2015 through 3/23/2015Two 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: NMleasesalecomments@blm.gov

5/11/2015 through 6/9/2015

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

For information about the Arkansas parcels, please contact Justin Katusak at (202) 912-7727.

7/22/2015 through 8/20/2015

Last day to submit protest: 8/20/2015

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.


  • Protests Received
  • Protest Response

7/22/2015 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

10/21/2015Summary 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

11/25/2015 or laterFinal lease sale EA with signed FONSI and Decision Record (DR).
LR2000 Lease Issuance ReportTBDReport of the leases issued after the sale.