BLM Completes Auction in the Southern United States

Ninety-one parcels of Federal land brought in $256,197.00 through a competitive auction of oil and gas leases in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Thursday, September 23, 2004, in Springfield, Virginia. Bonus Bids, filing fees, and rental revenue amounting to $176,425.12 will go to the U.S. Treasury and $75,946.88 will be shared with the affected States.

The BLM has responsibility for leasing the federally-owned minerals located in the 31 states east of and adjoining the Mississippi River and offers selected parcels at quarterly competitive auctions. Regulations require the bidding to open at $2 per acre. R & R Investments of Corpus Christi, Texas, paid $57,805.00 for 460.00 acres for a parcel in Forest County, Mississippi. Dominion Black Warrior's bid of $162.00 per acre was the highest per-acre bid of the auction.

Leases are awarded for a term of 10 years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities. The Federal Government receives a royalty of 12 1/2 percent of the value of production. Also, each State Government receives a 25 percent minimum share of the bonus bid and the royalty revenue from each lease issued in that state.

The next competitive oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for December 16, 2004.