BLM New Mexico COVID-19 Information Update

The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by DOI to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask indoors in DOI buildings at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.

The latest information on changes to facilities and services in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available here.

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Cliffside Gas Field and Crude Helium Enrichment Unit Sign

Stewardship of the Federal Helium Program

The Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 (HSA) seeks to mitigate a helium shortage by enabling the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the BLM to continue to sell crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. The law draws on recommendations from a wide variety of stakeholders to establish a responsible management strategy for the Federal Helium Reserve.

The HSA requires the BLM to make the information below relating to the Federal Helium System available online.

Reporting

Reporting

GAO Report to Congress, April 2015
BLM Report to Congress - HSA Section 19

Plant Outages

For each plant outage, a description of the beginning and end of the outage, including the pressure of the pipeline or deviation from the normal operation of the pipeline and, if unplanned, the nature of the problem.

Monthly summaries of meetings and communications

Monthly summaries of meetings and communications between the Bureau of Land Management and the Cliffside Refiners Limited Partnership, including a list of participants and an indication of any actions taken as a result of the meetings or communications

Current predictions of the lifespan of the Federal Helium System

Current predictions of the lifespan of the Federal helium system, including how much longer the crude helium supply will be available based on current and forecasted demand and the projected maximum production capacity of the Federal helium system for the following fiscal year.

Methodology for Calculating Helium Price

Bush Dome Helium Reservoir: Annual Helium Conference July 23, 2020
     GSA Disposal Process for Cliffside, July 23, 2020
Bush Dome Helium Reservoir: Annual Helium Conference July 18, 2019
Bush Dome Helium Reservoir: Annual Helium Conference July 19, 2018
Bush Dome Helium Reservoir: Annual Helium Conference July 20, 2017
Bush Dome Helium Reservoir: Annual Helium Conference July 21, 2016

Prediction Results Tables (2021-2029) Estimated Production as developed by Nitec, LLC.

Helium Stewardship (HSA) Implementation