Quarterly Oil and Gas Lease Sale Proceeds in Colorado

by | Mar 10, 2020

In late March, the Bureau of Land Management announced a $83,294.00 sale of nine oil and gas leases across 10,415 acres (16.3 square miles) ofJackson and Las Animas counties. “The BLM offered 20 parcels totaling 18,960.83 acres,” according to its press release, but despite the agency’s unabated push to lease fossil fuel development amid the COVID-19 pandemic, apparently just over half went unsold. Status: Sale held March 26, 2020.

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