SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office conducted a lease sale Thursday offering 45 parcels totaling 10,123 acres within Cheyenne County, Kansas and Eddy, Lea, and Chaves counties in New Mexico, on public lands managed by the Roswell Field Office, Carlsbad Field Office and Oklahoma Field Office.
In total, 37 parcels totaling 8,596.25 acres sold for $78,844,369.
Links to the environmental assessment, maps, parcel lists, Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, and proposed lease stipulations are available online at the BLM ePlanning website at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2021616/510.
This BLM lease sale included updated fiscal provisions authorized by Congress in the Inflation Reduction Act:
- Minimum bids for all offered parcels will be $10 per acre, an increase from the $2 per acre minimum bid set in 1987;
- Royalty rates will be 16.67 percent, up from the previous minimum of 12.5 percent; and
- Rental rates will be $3 per acre for the first two years; $5 per acre for years three through eight; and $15 per acre for years nine and ten. (Prior to the Inflation Reduction Act, rental rates were $1.50 per acre for the first five years and $2 per acre for each year thereafter, rates originally set in 1987).
Information on current and upcoming BLM lease sales is available through the National Fluid Lease Sale System.