The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office today opened a 30-day public comment period to receive public input on 26 oil and gas parcels totaling 6,162 acres that may be included in an upcoming lease sale in New Mexico and Kansas. The comment period ends Dec. 20, 2023.
The BLM completed scoping on these parcels in Sept. 2023 and is now seeking public comment on the parcels, potential deferrals, and the related environmental analysis. BLM will use input from the public to help complete its review of each parcel. And determine if leasing of these parcels conforms with all applicable laws, policies, and land use plans.
As authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act, BLM will apply a 16.67 percent royalty rate for any new leases from this sale.
Leasing is the first step in the process to develop Federal oil and gas resources. Before development operations can begin, an operator must submit an application for permit to drill detailing development plans. The BLM reviews applications for permits to drill, posts them for public review. Conducts an environmental analysis and coordinates with State partners and stakeholders.
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