The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico oil and gas lease sale nets $78,844,369
SANTA FE, N.M. — Today, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office conducted a lease sale offering 45 parcels totaling 10,123 acres within Cheyenne County, Kansas, and Eddy, Lea, and Chaves counties, New Mexico, on public lands managed by the Roswell Field Office, Carlsbad Field Office and Oklahoma Field Office. In total, 37 parcels totaling 8,596.25 acres sold for a total of $78,844,369.
Links to the environmental assessment, maps, parcel lists, Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, and proposed lease stipulations are available online at the BLM ePlanning website at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2021616/510.
This BLM lease sale included updated fiscal provisions authorized by Congress in the Inflation Reduction Act, which prohibits BLM from issuing an authorization for renewable energy development on public lands unless an oil and gas lease sale has been held within the previous 120 days and BLM has offered a certain minimum number of acres for lease within the previous year:
Minimum bids for all offered parcels will be $10 per acre, an increase from the $2 per acre minimum bid set in 1987;
Royalty rates will be 16.67 percent, up from the previous minimum of 12.5 percent; and
Rental rates will be $3 per acre for the first two years; $5 per acre for years three through eight; and $15 per acre for years nine and ten. (Prior to the Inflation Reduction Act, rental rates were $1.50 per acre for the first five years and $2 per acre for each year thereafter, rates originally set in 1987).
Information on current and upcoming BLM lease sales is available through the National Fluid Lease Sale System.
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.