The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to hold a lease sale on June 28 for 23 federally owned parcels spanning nearly 3,406 acres in Montana and North Dakota.


The sale notice issued by BLM’s Montana/Dakotas state office is part of a larger plan announced at the federal level to hold auctions on 144,000 acres of government land in compliance with a court ruling. A federal judge in Louisiana last year ordered the resumption of federal onshore and offshore lease sales. The sales had been paused by the Biden administration. One Gulf of Mexico lease sale was held, but its results were invalidated by a federal court.

The Montana/North Dakota lease sale notice incorporates recommendations from a DOI report on the federal oil and gas leasing...