National Public Lands That Have Been Leased for Oil and Gas—and Who’s Buying the Leases
Summary of 2014 Lease Data for Seven Western States
Oil and gas development is one of the multiple uses of our American public lands, along with conservation, recreation, grazing, and wildlife habitat. Drilling for oil and gas on national public lands currently takes place in 28 states.
The Bureau of Land Management oversees the public lands leasing and bidding process, determines where drilling occurs, and helps ensure that taxpayers receive their fair share on public resources.
In 2014, oil and gas companies leased a total of 606,722 acres of national public lands in seven Western states. This represents a significant portion of the 748,764 acres of public lands that were leased across the country in 2014.
Over 15 percent of the lands leased in the seven Western states– or 94,517 acres – were acquired with a minimum bid of only $2.00 per acre. The Public Lands Oil and Gas Leasing Tracker data is compiled from Bureau of Land Management “Final Sales Results,” released following each lease sale.
|State||Acres Offered||Acres Unsold|
|State||Acres Acquired at $2.00 Minimum|
|Largest Number of Acres Purchased by Company|
|LIBERTY PETROLEUM||38,674||UT, WY|
|AMERICAN GENERAL ENGY EXPL||37,865||NV|
|TEN POINT ENERGY||37,193||WY|
|PRE RESOURCES||21,161||ND, WY|
|KIRKWOOD OIL & GAS||20,055||NV, WY|
|LONEWOLF ENERGY||16,174||ND, WY|
|Highest Number of Bids Placed by Company|
|Number of Bids||States|
|AMERICAN GENERAL ENGY EXPL||26||NV|
|PRE RESOURCES||25||ND, WY|
|TEN POINT ENERGY||25||WY|
|KIRKWOOD OIL & GAS||25||NV, WY|
|LIBERTY PETROLEUM||24||UT, WY|
|HOOVER & STACY||21||UT, WY|
|Highest Number of Minimum Bids Placed by Company|
|Number of Bids||Acres||States|
|AMERICAN GENERAL ENGY EXPL||26||37,865||NV|
|FOX VALLEY HOLDINGS||9||1,596||CO|
|KIRKWOOD OIL & GAS||8||2,409||NV, WY|
|RAM LAND SERVICES||7||4,131||UT|
|PIONEER OIL AND GAS||6||5,464||UT, WY|
|HATCH J FLOYD||5||4,456||UT|
*Five companies placed three bids each
Some companies who place the bids may be resellers, middlemen, or land speculators.