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Transfer or Sale of a Lease

Once I have a federal coal lease, can I sell it to another party?
Yes. If a coal lease is acquired from another party, a request must be submitted to have the lease transferred within 90 days after the date the transfer was executed by the transferor. The rights of the transferees will not be recognized by BLM until the transfer has been approved. The transferor remains responsible for all obligations of the lease until the transfer is approved. An assignment of any bed of the coal deposit, or a part of the land in a lease, will result in a new coal lease being created for the partial assignment, if approved.

Can I exchange one coal lease for another?
An exchange of coal leases is allowed when specifically provided for in legislation, for compensation cases that involve coal that was withdrawn under alluvial valley floors, or when the exchange is determined to be in the public interest.