Onshore Oil & Gas

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 grant BLM the authority to manage federal lands, including leasing certain lands for oil and gas development. The Oil and Gas Management Program includes over 63,000 onshore oil and gas wells on federal lands.

Managed and regulated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) manages monetary transactions.

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Plan
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Lease
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Explore
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Develop
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Decommission and reclaim
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Revenue collected by BLM and ONRR

Bonus

The amount the highest bidder paid for a natural resource lease.

Rent

$1.50 per acre for five years
$2.00 per acre thereafter

Royalty

12.5%

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Participate in the onshore oil and gas leasing process.

Join a Resource Advisory Council. BLM formed Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) in the western U.S. to provide advice on managing public lands and resources. Each council consists of 12 to 15 members with diverse interests in local communities, such as ranchers, environmental groups, tribes, state and local government officials, academics, and other public land users. Join your local Research Advisory Council.

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