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ePlanning DOI-BLM-NM-0000-2019-0006-OTHER_NEPA (November 2019 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale - New Mexico State Office)  
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Public Protest Period Now Open (9/09/2019 through 9/20/2019)
Click here to view the BLM New Mexico Public Web Map for the November Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale. To view the parcels specific to this lease sale on the web map site, click on the stack of paper (layers) icon in the top right corner of this page and select the layers that begin with 11/2019.
 
 
 
The Proposed Action is to lease 16 nominated parcels of federal minerals administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rio Puerco, Carlsbad, and Oklahoma Field Offices covering 7,619.46 acres. Standard terms and conditions as well as lease stipulations listed in the BLM Rio Puerco, Carlsbad, and Oklahoma Resource Management Plan(s) (as amended) would apply.

Once sold, the lease purchaser has the exclusive right to use as much of the leased lands as is necessary to explore and drill oil and gas within the lease boundaries, subject to the stipulations attached to the lease (43 CFR 3101.1-2).

Oil and gas leases are issued for a 10-year period and continue for as long thereafter as oil or gas is produced in paying quantities. If a lessee fails to produce oil and gas, does not make annual rental payments, does not comply with the terms and conditions of the lease, or relinquishes the lease, exclusive right to develop the leasehold reverts to the federal government and the lease can be re-offered in another sale. Drilling of wells on a lease is not permitted until the lease owner or operator secures approval of a drilling permit and a surface use plan specified under Onshore Oil and Gas Orders listed in 43 CFR 3162.

A permit to drill would not be authorized until site-specific NEPA analysis is conducted. Site specific mitigation measures and Best Management Practices (BMPs) would be attached as Conditions of Approval (COAs) for each proposed exploration and development activity authorized on a lease.