BLM Colorado Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nets Over $2 Million
Today, the Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office sold all 14 parcels offered at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale, totaling 9,769 acres. The highest per-acre price was for a 157-acre parcel in Mesa County that sold to Axia Energy, Denver, for $1,090 per acre. The high bonus bid of $501,380 was made by Lonetree Energy for a 2,364 acre parcel in Garfield County. Overall, the lease sale earned $2,038,560 in total proceeds, with 49 percent to go to the State of Colorado.
The State of Colorado received more than $229.4 million in Fiscal_Year 2009 from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including coal.
A lease is the first step for a company or individual before eventually applying to develop and produce oil and gas from the BLM-managed public mineral estate. Additional planning, environmental analysis and public input must occur before drilling can begin.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.