BLM offers 3.98 million acres for oil and gas lease sale within the NPR-A

National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska aerial photo of lakesANCHORAGE, Alaska – In keeping with the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting America’s energy independence and bolstering Alaska’s economy, the Bureau of Land Management will offer 350 tracts totaling about 3.98 million acres in an oil and gas lease sale on Dec. 11, 2019. The sealed bid opening will be conducted via video livestream. 

The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) oil and gas lease sales are competitive. A detailed statement of sale, including a description of the tracts offered for lease, the lease terms, conditions and special stipulations, and how and where to submit the sealed bids, is available at www.blm.gov/alaska/lease-sales

Sealed bids must be received by 4 p.m. (AKST) on Dec. 9, at the BLM Alaska State Office. The BLM will open sealed bids submitted on the tracts offered at 10 a.m. (AKST) on Dec. 11, and will livestream the opening of the bids at blm.gov/live.  

“This is one of several actions we are taking to further expand energy development in Alaska,” said BLM Alaska State Director Chad Padgett. “We are working on a new Integrated Activity Plan for the NPR-A. With advancements in drilling technology, it was prudent to develop a new plan that provides for greater economic development of our resources while still providing protections for important resources, such as subsistence uses.”

This will be the 15th oil and gas lease sale in the NPR-A since 1999. There are currently 215 leases covering more than 1.5 million acres in the NPR-A. Bids received for the 14 previous sales generated more than $283 million, half of which was paid to the State of Alaska.  

The 350 tracts being offered were designated as available for development in the 2013 NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision. The BLM sought public input and nominations on all available tracts within the NPR-A in June and July 2019. The BLM received comments and nominations on tracts available and unavailable for leasing. 

A list of past NPR-A lease sales can be found on the Alaska Oil and Gas Lease Sales page, and the notice is published in the Federal Register

Historical BLM Alaska NPR-A Oil & Gas Lease Sale Data

Sale Year

Acres Offered

Tracts Offered

Acres Receiving Bids

Tracts Receiving Bids

Total Bid Amounts

1999

3,898,612

431

867,721

133

$104,635,728

2002

3,030,891

371

579,269

60

$63,811,496

2004

5,816,919

508

1,403,561

123

$53,904,491

2006

5,451,766

478

939,867

80

$13,763,715

2008

4,800,000

450

702,682

80

$16,340,004

2010

1,800,000

190

28,444

5

$799,995

2011

3,060,176

283

119,897

17

$3,637,477

2012

4,500,000

398

160,008

14

$898,900

2013

4,500,000

408

245,293

22

$2,885,153

2014

2,918,189

270

66,650

7

$658,978

2015

1,411,701

143

28,589

6

$788,680

2016

1,451,694

145

457,648

67

$18,813,589

2017

10,257,029

900

79,998

7

$1,159,357

2018

2,852,803

254

174,044

16

$1,533,705

Total

55,749,780

5,229

6,009,551

637

$283,631,268


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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Organization

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