The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico oil and gas lease sale nets more than $3 million
SANTA FE, N.M. – As part of the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting responsible energy development, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico raised $3,132,946 in its oil and gas lease sale held Oct. 29, 2020. Nearly 50 percent of the revenue from the sale will go to the states where the oil and gas activity occurs—in this case New Mexico—while the rest will go to the U.S. Treasury. The states use the revenue from lease sales to fund important services including schools, hospitals, law enforcement, and infrastructure projects.
For this sale, the BLM offered leases on 11 parcels totaling 7,730.86. The highest bid per acre was $11,353 which sold to Federal Abstract Company for 294 acres in Eddy County, New Mexico. The same parcel also received the highest bid per parcel with a total of $1,816,480.
The BLM awards oil and gas leases for a term of 10 years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities. If the leases result in producing oil or gas wells, revenue from royalties based on production is also shared with the state.
The BLM’s policy is to promote oil and gas development if it meets the guidelines and regulations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other laws. The sales are also in keeping with the Trump Administration’s America First Energy Plan, which is an all-of-the-above plan that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals, and renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, and solar, all of which can be developed on public lands.
For more details about the sale results, please visit: https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.