U.S. Bureau of Land Management Company News
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Arctic Lease Sale Takes In $14.4MM
Thursday, January 07, 2021Majors steered clear of the sale.
API Panel Member: Voluntary Methane Program Forthcoming
Friday, October 06, 2017Shell exec who sits on API panel discusses voluntary program.
EnerVest Files Suit Over BLM Utah Permit Denial
Thursday, December 15, 2016EnerVest seeks emergency permits for Utah drilling program, saying BLM denied them without legal cause.
Industry Groups Say Proposed Flaring Rules are Costly, Unnecessary
Friday, January 22, 2016Industry groups say they support reducing methane emissions, but see BLM's proposed update of gas flaring rules on federal lands as duplicative and unjustified.
California Postpones Oil, Gas Lease Auctions
Thursday, May 09, 2013Due to recent events, BLM has delayed oil and natural gas leasing in California.
BLM to Revise Proposed Federal Fracking Regulations
Friday, January 18, 2013BLM will revise its proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands in response to public comments it has received.
BLM Greenlights Gasco's Uinta Basin Drilling Plans
Monday, June 18, 2012The U.S Bureau of Land Management approves Gasco's proposed plan to drill up to approximately 1,300 new wells in Utah's Uinta Basin over a 15-year period.
Study: Fracking Rule on Federal, Indian Lands Could Cost More Than $1.6B
Tuesday, June 12, 2012BLM's proposed rule to regulate fracking on public lands could cost as much as $1.6B annually and will divert resources away from energy development, job creation, and economic growth.
BLM Issues PEIS for Oil Shale, Tar Sands Resources
Monday, February 06, 2012Under the BLM's Preferred Alternative in the Draft PEIS, the BLM would continue to support the research and development of hydrocarbon deposits in an environmentally responsible way that protects scarce water supplies in the arid West.
U.S. to Delay Western Oil Lease Sales
Monday, April 12, 2010The Bureau of Land Management will delay a scheduled oil and natural gas lease sale in the Western U.S. to study the impact of potential greenhouse gases from development.
BLM Files Settlement Agreement to Analyze O&G Parcels
Friday, March 12, 2010Under a settlement agreement, the Montana Bureau of Land Management will conduct further environmental analyses on 61 oil and gas lease parcels.
API Chief Comments on Additional Regulatory Hurdles
Thursday, January 07, 2010Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that he would impose additional regulatory hurdles before allowing companies to drill for oil and gas on federal lands.
Salazar to Toughen US Drilling Rules
Wednesday, January 06, 2010Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce Wednesday that his agency will require oil and natural-gas companies to clear more regulatory hurdles before they are allowed to drill on federal lands.
Editorial: Rahall, Salazar Find New Ways to Reinstate Moratorium
Thursday, September 17, 2009As Secretary Salazar continues to slow walk a plan allowing access to offshore energy supplies, the House Natural Resources Committee Chairman is holding hearings this week on sweeping legislation that will add more red tape to the leasing process.
US Interior Department Considers 'Variable' O&G Royalty Rates
Wednesday, September 09, 2009The Obama administration is reportedly mulling "variable" royalty rates for drilling on federal lands that would reflect the difficulty of tapping oil and natural gas supplies.
ConocoPhillips Gets Green Light for Alaskan Oil Field Unit
Friday, September 04, 2009Federal officials have given ConocoPhillips and its partner Anadarko Petroleum the go-ahead to compile certain Alaskan oil and gas leases into a new oil field unit.
Interior Dept Collects Millions from GOM, Utah Lease Sales
Wednesday, August 19, 2009A sale of federal oil and natural gas leases for the Western Gulf of Mexico attracted $115,466,321 million in high bids today, following yesterday's $1.1 million sale of onshore energy leases in Utah.
Double Eagle Petroleum Obtains Lease Suspension at Main Fork Unit
Tuesday, July 21, 2009The Bureau of Land Management approved the suspension of operations and production for all leases within the Main Fork Environmental Impact Study Area.
US Interior Dept Orders Air Review of 77 Utah Oil, Gas Leases
Thursday, June 11, 2009The U.S. Department of the Interior Thursday ordered an air quality review for the area around 77 controversial oil and gas leases in Utah, saying some may ultimately be developed, but others would need "extensive" review.
Interior Secretary Lauds President Obama's Pick for Director of BLM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009Ken Salazar today praised President Obama's announcement that he intends to nominate Bob Abbey, a veteran public land policy leader and chief architect of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative, as Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
US Government Opens More Land for Oil Shale Research
Wednesday, January 14, 2009The federal government opened Wednesday the second round of land leases for oil shale research in the western United States.
BLM Receives Final Payments for Alaska Bids
Thursday, January 08, 2009The Bureau of Land Management has received the final payments on high bids made by Anadarko, ConocoPhillips, Petro-Canada, and FEX L.P. for tracts within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
BLM Identifies Lands for Potential Development of Oil Shale Reserves
Sunday, September 14, 2008The BLM has finalized a plan for the use of public lands containing oil shale and tar sands. Approximately 1.9 million acres of public lands in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming have been set aside for potential commercial oil shale development.
BLM Approves Wyoming Gas Project
Sunday, September 14, 2008The BLM has released the Pinedale Anticline Project Area Record of Decision. The ROD authorizes development of 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and the project area involves 198,000 acres of land located just south of Pinedale, Wyoming.
US Opens Alaskan Land for Fall 2008 Lease Sale
Wednesday, July 16, 2008The Bureau of Land Management issued a Record Decision that will make land available for oil and gas leasing in the northeast portion of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
BLM Environmental Study Advances Oil Shale Plan
Thursday, December 27, 2007The Bureau of Land Management moved ahead with its push for commercial oil shale development, despite congressional concerns about the agency's pace.
BLM Prepares for Release of Revised Alaska Drilling Plan
Tuesday, August 21, 2007The Bureau of Land Management plans to release a revised plan this week for oil leasing in an Alaskan region that has become a focal point of battles over North Slope areas rich in wildlife and energy potential.
Senate Clears BLM Director After Interior Blinks on Roan Plateau
Monday, August 06, 2007The Interior Department on Friday gave the state of Colorado more time to comment on the oil and gas drilling plan for the Roan Plateau, clearing the way for the Senate to approve the nomination of Jim Caswell as the BLM director.
Feds Could Proceed with Drilling in Alaskan NPR-A Area
Tuesday, July 10, 2007The Bureau of Land Management could allow drilling work on a sensitive region of Alaska's North Slope after it completed additional environmental research on the area, an agency spokeswoman said.
Dejour Primed for Piceance-Uinta Campaign
Friday, June 22, 2007Dejour Enterprises Ltd.'s Chairmand & CEO, Robert L. Hodgkinson, has issued an update on the Company's exploration & production operations in the Piceance and Uinta Basins of Colorado and Utah.
House Dems Would Reverse Interior on Drilling, Rights-of-Way Rules
Thursday, June 14, 2007House Democrats intend to take aim at recent Interior Department actions on natural gas drilling and rights-of-way claims in the Rocky Mountains, if and when the Interior appropriations bill hits the floor.
Ultra's Q1 Profit Remains Flat
Wednesday, May 02, 2007Ultra Petroleum Corp. on Tuesday reported earnings for the first quarter 2007.
Dejour Receives Approved Permits for Piceance Drilling
Monday, April 30, 2007Dejour Enterprises Ltd. has received Approved Permits to Drill (APDs) from the Meeker Bureau of Land Management office in Colorado for the initial two locations for the Barcus Creek prospect.
Ultra Boosts Q1 Production by 42%
Friday, April 20, 2007Ultra Petroleum Corp. on Friday reported the largest quarterly production in the company's history.
Feds Lease Land in Five States for Exploration
Thursday, March 29, 2007A total of 236 parcels of federal subsurface brought in almost $12 million during a competitive auction of oil and gas leases earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reported Thursday.
Kempthorne Defends Policy on BLM, OCS Energy Leases
Friday, March 09, 2007Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne yesterday managed to deflect pointed questions from both sides on his department's oil and gas production policy during his first visit to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.
Ultra Petroleum: Record Results for 2006
Wednesday, February 21, 2007Ultra Petroleum Corp. on Tuesday reported record financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2006.
Dejour Announces Peace River Arch Projects
Tuesday, February 13, 2007Dejour Energy Alberta Ltd. (DEAL) has negotiated agreements covering six strategic projects in the Peace River Arch area of northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia, Canada.
Interior Reverses BLM Lease Sales in Utah
Monday, February 05, 2007The Interior Department's Board of Land Appeals last week suspended the BLM's roughly 14,000 acres of oil and natural gas lease sales in central Utah on the grounds that BLM did not adequately identify sensitive archaeological sites.
EGL Wins Colorado Oil Shale Lease
Wednesday, January 10, 2007E.G.L. Resources, Inc. (EGL) and the Bureau of Land Management have entered into a 160-acre Oil Shale Research, Development and Demonstration (R,D&D) lease in Rio Blanco County, Colo.
BLM Releases Study of Proposal to Ease Pinedale Anticline Restrictions
Tuesday, December 19, 2006The Bureau of Land Management released a study last week of an industry proposal to waive seasonal restrictions on natural gas drilling on Wyoming's Pinedale Anticline.
Kodiak Issues Update on Vermillion, Williston Basin Activities
Monday, October 30, 2006Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in the Green River and Williston Basins, on Monday provided an update on its 2006 drilling program in the Vermillion Basin in Sweetwater County, Wyo.
Four Companies Bid $14M for Alaska Oil, Gas Lease Tracts
Thursday, September 28, 2006Four companies bid $13.8 million for the rights to develop 81 oil and gas blocks on 940,000 acres of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday.
Interior Takes Early Step Toward Commercial Shale Leasing Plan
Friday, August 25, 2006The Interior Department is seeking comment on plans to spur commercial production of a massive domestic resource with a checkered past: oil shales.
Interior to Formally Move Ahead with NPR-A Lease Sale
Tuesday, August 22, 2006The Bureau of Land Management plans to formally announce a Sept. 27 lease sale tomorrow for sections of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, including tracts environmentalists and congressional critics say should remain off-limits.
BLM: Colo. Shale Projects Won't Seriously Affect Environment
Friday, August 18, 2006The Bureau of Land Management concluded this week that two experimental oil shale projects in northwestern Colorado will not have significant environmental impact.
Kodiak Releases Operational Update
Wednesday, July 12, 2006Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in the Green River and Williston basins, on Wednesday issued an interim update on its drilling and completion activities.
BLM Approves Questar Proposal for Increased Pinedale Production
Tuesday, November 15, 2005Questar reports that the Bureau of Land Management has approved a proposal by Questar to increase gas production from its Pinedale Anticline leasehold in western Wyoming.
BLM Auctions Exploration Leases in Southern States
Friday, April 01, 2005One hundred fifty-five parcels of Federal subsurface mineral estate brought in $6.4 million through a competitive auction of oil and gas leases on the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests in Arkansas, the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, and the Bienville and DeSoto National Forests in Mississippi.
BLM Awards Acreage in Arkansas, Michigan, and Mississippi
Tuesday, December 21, 2004Eighty-three parcels of Federal land brought in $5,953,665.00 through a competitive auction of oil and gas leases on the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas, the Pere Marquette State Forest in Michigan, and the Bienville and Homochitto National Forests in Mississippi.