Parcels on Wayne National Forest deferred from oil and gas lease sale on March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will defer 13 parcels (totaling 804 acres) located on the Wayne National Forest from its quarterly online oil and gas lease sale scheduled for March 19, 2020.  The decision to defer these parcels was informed by a ruling on Friday March 13, 2020, by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Center for Biological Diversity v United States Forest Service, Civ. No. 2:17-cv-372.  The sale will still include three parcels (totaling nearly 322 acres) located in Amite and Smith Counties, Mississippi.

The online auction will begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Each parcel will have its own unique open bidding period with start and stop times clearly identified on the auction website. The open bidding period for each parcel will run for three hours from start to finish, and bids will be accepted only during a parcel’s open bidding period. The auction website is open to everyone; however, you must register as a bidder on the EnergyNet site before the sale in order to submit bids for any individual parcel.  

Oil and gas leases sales support domestic energy production and American energy independence. The BLM’s energy program follows an all-of-the-above approach that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals and renewable sources, all of which can be developed on public lands.

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. 

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Francis Piccoli