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State Oil and Gas Lease Sale December 4


The quarterly oil and gas lease sale conducted by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is scheduled for December 4, 2012, in Helena. 

DNRC received 19 nominations for the sale and is requesting written public comment by October 26, 2012, but will consider all comments received up until the December 17, 2012, meeting of the State Land Board in Helena. 

“The only action proposed at this time is issuing leases for possible future exploration and production,” said Monte Mason, DNRC Minerals Management Bureau Chief.  “Before any activity occurs, DNRC will prepare an environmental review.”  The state Board of Oil and Gas must also review and issue permits before any activity can occur, Mason added. 

The December sale includes tracts in the following counties:  Carbon (2), Carter (1), Golden Valley (1), Lewis and Clark (1), Pondera (1), Richland (12), and Teton (1). 

A map and a detailed list of tracts being considered by DNRC may be obtained by calling Mason in Helena at (406) 444-3843.  The information is also available on the DNRC’s Web site,; a link for submitting public comment is also available on the site. 


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