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Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act in the U.S. Senate, legislation that would authorize Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to develop a plan to move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) out of Washington, D.C.; Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) introduced the House companion bill. The bill specifies that…

New (And Improved?) BLM Onshore Orders Nos. 3, 4 and 5  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the update of Onshore Oil and Gas Orders 3 (new part 3173), 4 (new part 3174), and 5 (new part 3175), after a seven-year effort to address concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the…

Carlsbad Resource Management Plans, They Are a Changing The Bureau of Land Management’s Carlsbad, New Mexico Field Office is in the process of revising its Resource Management Plan (RMP). An RMP categorizes allocations (uses) that are allowable, constrained or prohibited on public lands. The current RMP has been in effect for twenty years. A revision,…

                    In examining title to Federal lands in New Mexico, I came across the following clause contained in Federal oil and gas leases: “…Extraction of Helium – Lessor reserves the option of extracting or having extracted helium from gas production in a manner specified and by…

Dude, Where’s My Lease Sale(s)? The Federal Mineral Leasing Act requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to hold oil and gas lease auctions in New Mexico (and other states) “…at least quarterly and more frequently if the Secretary of the Interior determines such sales are necessary (30 U.S.C. Sec. 226(b)).” There were, however, two in…