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Protest submissions are now available

BLM Defers Oil and Gas Lease Sale in New Mexico

The BLM will defer its March 8, 2018 New Mexico oil and gas lease sale.  Press Release


 

Protests
Protests and comments are publicly available under the Documents section of this website. The March 2018 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale (NCLS) protest period ran from December 6, 2017 to January 4, 2018. The public comment period on the EA ran from September 21, 2017 to October 20, 2017.

Instructions for filing a protest:

Written protests may be mailed, hand carried or faxed (505-954-2010) to the BLM New Mexico State Office, attention: State Director, by 4:30 p.m. on January 4, 2018. Specific instructions for filing a protest are contained within the NCLS. The NCLS is available online at the BLM New Mexico’s oil and gas leasing webpage (https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico) and in the BLM New Mexico State Office’s public room located at 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Emailed protests are not acceptable.

 
 
 
The Proposed Action would offer for lease 25 nominated parcels of federal minerals administered by the BLM FFO, covering 4,434.370 acres. Standard terms and conditions, lease stipulations listed in the BLM FFO RMP (as amended), and BIA stipulations per Navajo Area BIA Surface Management Agency Lease Stipulations for Federal Oil and Gas Lease Offerings would apply. The lease purchaser would have the exclusive right to use as much of the leased mineral estate as is necessary to explore and drill for oil and gas, subject to the stipulations attached to the lease (43 CFR 3101.1-2).

The lease purchaser would have the exclusive right to use as much of the leased mineral estate as is necessary to explore and drill for oil and gas, 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 back to the federal government and the lease can be reoffered in another sale.

Drilling of wells is not permitted until the lease owner or operator submits a complete APD package following the requirements specified under Onshore Oil and Gas Orders listed in 43 CFR 3162, and the APD is approved. An APD would not be approved until site-specific NEPA analysis is conducted.

More information on New Mexico lease sales is available at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico