Stories From the Field:  Energy

The BLM manages vast energy and mineral resources on public lands. BLM-managed resources yielded $40 billion worth of energy and minerals in 2010. 

Thumbnail photo of two standing men looking at a document.Looking for Gold in the Wilderness
By Alan Rabinoff

In 1990, the year the Muggins Mountain Wilderness was designated, there was also a legacy of mining interest in the area -- placer mining claims located under the 1872 mining law. 

Thumbnail image of a helium plant. Managing the BLM’s Helium Program
By Leslie A. Theiss

The BLM has the only helium storage facility in the world, so people are often curious about how the agency produces and processes the gas.


Thumbnail image of a bulldozer parked off a dirt road. BLM’s Innovative Approaches to Renewable Energy Development in Arizona
By Kathy Pedrick

As interest in renewable energy heightened in the early 2000s, developers, utility corporations, and get-rich-quick promoters sought to file claims for a piece of solar pie.


Photo of a desert tortoise fence installation for a solar energy project.Just How Big Is That ROW Grant?
By Tom Hurshman

As a national right-of-way (ROW) project manager, I am used to dealing with big projects and big resource conflicts on big areas of public land.  The BLM has approved ROW grants for many types of energy generation and transmission projects on public lands. 


An aerial view of the Jonah Field.  (Collection of Bill Lanning)The Jonah Story:
Transformation, Innovation, and Success

By Bill Lanning

The BLM has been involved in the development of the Jonah Field for natural gas since the early 1980s.