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December 6, 2006
Contact: Kristen Lenhardt

BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale Nets nearly $11.9 Million,
State of Wyoming to Get Half

The Bureau of Land Management generated $11,873,983 for leasing rights and rental fees on parcels offered at the BLM's bimonthly federal oil and gas lease auction held in Cheyenne on Dec. 5, 2006. Half of the bid and rental receipts go to the State of Wyoming.

"Energy development drives the Wyoming economy and our state provides critical energy resources for the entire nation," said Wyoming BLM State Director Bob Bennett.

Bids totaling $11,545,471 ranged from the federally mandated minimum of $2 per acre to a high bid of $3,300 per acre. Successful bidders also pay a $130 per parcel administrative fee and yearly rental of $1.50 per acre.

A total of 203,095 acres in 183 parcels were leased.

Parcels which didn't receive bids at the auction are available noncompetitively for the yearly rental fee ($1.50 per acre for the first five years and $2 per acre for the second five years) and a $335 administrative fee at the BLM office in Cheyenne.

The next oil and gas lease sale will be held on Feb. 6, 2007 in Cheyenne.

Oil and gas operations on BLM-administered public lands and federal mineral estate in Wyoming produced 29,819,011 barrels of oil and 1,410,476,831 thousand cubic feet of gas, and generated $799,217,792 in federal oil and gas royalties last year. Half the royalty payments were disbursed to the State of Wyoming.

December 2006
Wyoming Competitive Sale Results Summary

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Parcels Sold


% Parcels Sold


Acres Offered


Acres Sold


% Acres Sold


Average Bid/Acre
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    For Acres Sold


Average Bid/Parcel
    For Parcels Offered
    For Parcels Sold


Highest Bid/Acre:


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Highest Bid/Parcel:


Parcel with High Total Bid


Total Bonus Bid


Total Rental Due


Total Administrative Fees Due


Total Receipts Due