EASTERN STATES OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES

The BLM Eastern States offers parcels for lease at regularly-scheduled quarterly sales. Parcels offered may be in any one of numerous states east of the Mississippi River, and are identified for sale by industry who submit Expressions of Interest for specific parcels. The BLM-ES holds quarterly lease sales in March, June, September and December.

View current and recent oil and gas lease sale notices and results below.

2023 Lease Sales

In accordance with congressional direction in the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bureau of Land Management Eastern States Office is initiating a 30-day scoping period to receive public input on potential oil and gas lease sales on one parcel in Michigan totaling 40 acres, three parcels in Mississippi totaling 90.86 acres, and three parcels in Louisiana totaling 88.81 acres.

The parcel in Michigan that the BLM will analyze, as well as maps and instructions on how to comment, is available on the BLM ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2020688/510.

The parcels in Mississippi and Louisiana that the BLM will analyze, as well as maps and instructions on how to comment, are available on the BLM ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2022413/510.  
 

2022 Lease Sales

On April 19, 2022, the State Director signed the Decision Record, selecting the No Action alternative. The decision is not to offer the one parcel located in Covington County, Alabama totaling 80.24 acres for competitive lease at the June 2022 Sale. More information can be found on ePlanning
 

2021 Lease Sales

The following information references proposed sales which did not occur.

 

November 2021

The BLM extended its comment period by 10 days to ensure adequate public involvement. Information can be found on the BLM ePlanning site.

 

October 2021

The BLM sought public comments on a proposal to offer approximately 80 acres of federal oil and gas leases in Covington County, Alabama. Information can be found on the BLM ePlanning site.

 

August 2021

In August 2021, the parcels deferred from Q1 and Q2 under the DOI's guidance were posted for public comments: Department of Interior Press Release.

Maps, parcel lists, and additional information on the Covington County, Alabama, parcels are available online at ePlanning; for parcels in Jones and Franklin counties, Mississippi, visit ePlanning and ePlanning

2020 Lease Sales

December 2020 Online Oil and Gas Lease Sale  

The BLM-Eastern States announces an online oil and gas lease sale to be held December 17, 2020. The sale will include 15 onshore parcels totaling 1,494.1 acres located in Cleburne, Faulkner, Pope, and Van Buren Counties in Arkansas and Forrest, Jones, Perry and Stone Counties in Mississippi. All documents informing on this lease sale are available on the BLM ePlanning website. They include: the Sale Notice, which may be protested for a 10-day period ending Monday, November 9, 2020; all NEPA documents that analyzed the parcels offered; and the sale results, which will be posted by close of business on day of sale.

 

September 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sale  

The BLM-Eastern States announces a quarterly online oil and gas lease sale to be held September 24, 2020. The sale will include 15 onshore parcels totaling 1,612.25 acres located in Choctaw and Covington Counties, Alabama; Caddo Parish, Louisiana; Mecosta County, Michigan; George, Harrison, Jackson, and Lamar Counties, Mississippi; and on the Homochitto National Forest, Franklin County, Mississippi. All documents informing on this lease sale are available on the BLM ePlanning website (must be viewed in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge). They include: the Sale Notice, which provides information in regard to a 10-day protest period; all NEPA documents that analyzed the parcels offered; and the sale results, which will be posted by close of business on day of sale.

 

March 19, 2020 Online Oil and Gas Lease Sale

All documents informing on this lease sale are available on the BLM ePlanning website. They include: the Sale Notice, which may be protested for a 10-day period ending Thursday, Febuary 13, 2020; all NEPA documents that analyzed the parcels offered; and the sale results, which will be posted by close of business on day of sale.

2019 Lease Sales

June 2019 Lease Sale Documents

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September 2019 Lease Sale Documents:

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December 2019 Lease Sale Documents

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2018 Lease Sales

March 2018 Lease Sale Documents

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June 2018 Lease Sale Documents

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September 2018 Lease Sale Documents

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The offering of two parcels on the Wayne National Forest scheduled for lease at the September 2018 competitive sale, has been protested. The BLM voluntarily suspended them from the September sale for further administrative review, and may schedule them to be offered at a later sale date.

 

December 2018 Lease Sale Documents

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2017 Lease Sales

December 2017 Lease Sale Documents

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September 2017 Lease Sale Documents

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June 2017 Lease Sale Documents

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March 2017 Lease Sale Documents

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2016 Lease Sales

December 2016 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Results
Lease Sale Notice
Sale Notice Errata 1
Sale Notice Errata 2
Sale Notice Errata 3
Decision Record Scott County, Mississippi
Decision Record White County, Arkansas
Decision Record Monroe, Noble and Washington Counties, Ohio
Protest Decision in response to Heather Cantino
Protest Decision in response to Roxanne Groff
Protest Decision in response to Center for Biological Diversity and others
Protest Decision in response to all valid protests
 

September 2016 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Notice
Parcels Sold
Sale Summary

March 2016 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Notice
Sale Notice Errata 1
Sale Notice Errata 3
Parcels Sold
Bidders' List
Sale Summary
 

2015 Lease Sales

December 2015 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Notice
Sale Notice Errata 1
Sale Notice Errata 2
Sale Notice Errata 3
Parcels Sold
Bidder List
Sale Summary

October 2015 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Notice
Parcels Sold
Bidder List
Sale Summary

July 2015 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Notice
Sale Notice Errata 1
Sale Notice Errata 2
Sale Notice Errata 3
Parcels Sold
Bidder List
Sale Summary

March 2015 Lease Sale Documents:
Lease Sale Notice
Sale Notice Errata
Parcels Sold
Bidder List
Sale Summary