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 2015 and only one scheduled in 2016. As a result, the Western Energy Alliance has sued the Obama Administration in order to force the BLM to hold quarterly oil and gas lease auctions in states where the BLM administers minerals (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the Eastern States, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming).
Original Complaint HERE.
Western Energy Alliance Press Release HERE.
New Mexico Article HERE.
Wyoming Article HERE.
Montana Article HERE.