Parcel Nominations and Lease Sales
An expression of interest (EOI) is an informal nomination to request certain lands be included in a competitive oil and gas lease sale.
EOIs are not automatically placed on a sale when received. The parcels must be reviewed for availability and environmental concerns prior to being placed on a sale. Additionally, if your EOI includes lands where the surface is managed by another agency, the BLM is required to obtain consent and recommendations from that agency before placing the lands on a competitive sale notice. In some cases it may be necessary to update environmental documents to include current conditions. Therefore, the time required to process individual EOIs will vary.
Regulations pertaining to competitive leasing can be found at 43 Code of Federal Regulations 3120. Prior to submitting your EOI, the BLM public records should be reviewed to make certain the lands are available for leasing. Below are a few instances where lands are not available for leasing:
- Lands currently leased for oil and gas,
- Lands where the oil and gas mineral estate is not federally owned,
- Lands within city limits,
- Lands withdrawn from mineral leasing, Lands located in designated or proposed wilderness areas (WSA/DWA), or
- Lands within an Indian Reservation.
In checking the public records, make certain that:
- Expired leases have not been extended beyond their expiration date by either diligently drilling wells, unit approval, etc., and
- Terminated leases are not in the process of being reinstated.
Please submit your EOI via the National Fluid Minerals Lease Sale System.