The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering 51 parcels across Colorado in its next round of oil and gas leases that are up for sale. A large number of those parcels are in Las Animas County with the county accounting for 16,763.31 acres of the total 39,256 acres of public lands proposed for the upcoming March 2020 competitive oil and gas lease sale.
The BLM is currently seeking public scoping comments on the proposed parcels. The public scoping period started on October 1 and ends October 15.
This sale comes on the heels of the BLM’s finalization of its September sale, which was completed Thursday.
In that sale, 73 parcels were up for grabs, but only 49 were sold. The bulk of the parcels were in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. The September parcels, which included 42,148 acres, sold for a total of $601,541.
By law, Colorado receives 48 percent of proceeds from each lease sale, with the remainder going to the U.S. government.
Last year, the BLM sold 103 parcels totaling 67,890 acres for about $5.7 million.
Comments on the next round of leases must be made by Oct. 15, but there still will be a one-month protest period after offers are accepted on Jan. 24. The final sale is to be announced on March 26.