BLM New Mexico defers nine parcels for March lease sale

SANTA FE, N.M.—In keeping with the Administration’s priority to sustainably develop energy and natural resources on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico State Office has deferred nine parcels for its scheduled March oil and gas lease sale.

“We believe it is best to defer these parcels at this time,” said BLM New Mexico State Director Tim Spisak.  “We will continue to gather information to inform the decisions we make about leasing in this area.”

With the deferral of these nine parcels (about 1,500 acres), the lease sale, scheduled for March 28, will include 37 parcels in New Mexico and nine parcels in Oklahoma. The parcels in New Mexico include 11 in Sandoval County, 11 in San Juan County, 7 in McKinley County, 1 in Rio Arriba County, 4 in Lea County, and 3 in Eddy County. The parcels in Oklahoma include 5 in Dewey County and 4 in Woodward County. The sale notice, environmental documents and more information on how to submit a protest will be available on Feb. 11, at at

Online oil and gas lease sales streamline the bidding process and allow the BLM to serve the public better and faster.  These lease sales strengthen domestic energy production and contribute to the country’s energy independence.

For more information, please contact JulieAnn Serrano at 505-954-2149.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to contact this individual during normal business hours.  FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to leave a message or question.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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Cathy Garber