The Department of the Interior has scheduled 38 oil and natural gas lease sales for U.S. public lands in 2010. This includes a first sale in nearly two years in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says during the past year 32 onshore lease sales have been held, offering more than 2.7 million acres in the West and generating more than $126 million in revenue for American taxpayers.
The 2010 quarterly oil and natural gas lease sales will offer thousands of parcels in a dozen states, most in the West. The Bureau of Land Management's Alaska State Office oil and gas lease sale will offer available tracts in the Northeast and a portion of the Northwest areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. That sale is scheduled for Aug. 11 in Anchorage.
"Oil, gas and coal will continue to play an important role in our energy mix, as we develop and expand the use of wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources," Salazar said. "BLM will hold four more lease sales this year, for a total of 36."