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03/26/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2018 13:47

BLM Eastern States completes quarterly oil and gas lease sale

BLM Eastern States completes quarterly oil and gas lease sale

WASHINGTON - In keeping with the Administration's goal of promoting America's energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management Eastern States quarterly oil and gas lease sale, held March 22, 2018, resulted in competitive bids for 464.89 acres offered in the states of Ohio and Arkansas.

The combined bids from the sale brought in $4,629 which will be distributed between the Federal government and the states of Ohio and Arkansas.

The highest bid was made by Southwestern Energy of Spring, Texas, for $21.00 per acre. For more details about the sale results, please visit: https://go.usa.gov/xQxex.

The BLM's oil and gas leases sales support domestic energy production and American energy independence, and are aligned with the Administration's America First Energy Plan, an all-of-the-above approach that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals and renewable sources, all of which can be developed on public lands.

The BLM's policy is to permit oil and gas development if it meets the guidelines and regulations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other subsequent laws and policies passed by the U.S. Congress.

Oil and gas leases are awarded for a term of ten years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities. The Federal government receives a royalty of 12.5 percent of the value of production. Each state government receives a 25 percent minimum share of the bonus bid and the royalty revenue from each lease issued in that state.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.