LAKEWOOD, Colo. – In keeping with the Administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management Colorado today sold 9 parcels totaling approximately 10,415 acres for $83,294.00 including rentals and fees at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale.
The combined bids from the sale will be distributed between the federal government and the State of Colorado. The highest per-acre price was $52.00 sold to Springfield Oil Company. More details about this and other lease sales in Colorado are available online at www.blm.gov/colorado/oil-gas.
The BLM offered 20 parcels totaling 18,960.83 acres in Jackson and Las Animas counties.
Oil and gas lease sales support domestic energy production and American energy independence. The BLM’s all-of-the-above approach to energy development includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals and renewable sources, which can all be developed on public lands.
The BLM’s policy is to promote 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. The sales are also in keeping with the Administration’s America First Energy Plan, which includes development of fossil fuels and coal, as well as renewable energy.
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. The State of Colorado receives 48 percent of revenues from leases issued on public lands in Colorado.
The oil and gas industry on public lands in Colorado contributed over $6.9 billion in total economic output in FY 2018. Continuous exploration, development, and site restoration is required to sustain production rates, jobs, income, and royalties.