State Land Office: February Lease Sales Generate Over $35 Million Including Largest Ever Bid Amount for Open Lease
State Lands are Open for Business
SANTA FE, NM – The State Land Office held their monthly online oil and gas lease sales, which garnered the largest open bid sale in history and generated over $35 million for New Mexico schools, hospitals and colleges. The open bid included 8,920.27 acres in Chaves, Lea and Eddy Counties and closed at over $12 million, more than double the previous record for an open bid. The aggregate bid amounted to an average per-acre price of $3,961.25.
“The Land Office is open for business, and our primary business is education funding. We are continuing to see the benefits in the Permian Basin, where we share the largest continuous source of oil with neighboring Texas. New Mexico has exceptional resources, and as a result our public schools today have $34 million more coming their way,” Commissioner Garcia Richard staid of the monthly lease sale.
“As Land Commissioner, it is my constitutional obligation to raise funds for the beneficiaries. I will continue to do just that while ensuring we’re stewards of our land, water, air, and wildlife,” Commissioner Garcia Richard stated.
Total Amount Generated from Leases:
Full Details of the February Land Lease Sale:
There were 41 tracts offered, 40 of which were sealed bid, for a total of 8920.27 acres, in Chaves, Lea and Eddy Counties. Eight tracts were withdrawn.
Total high bids: $35,335,421 from 12 different bidders, for an average per-acre price of $3,961.25. There were 37 registered bidders from 5 states.
Common Schools = $34,862,341
Public Buildings = $376,320
New Mexico Military Institute = $56,000
New Mexico State University = $32,160
Charitable Penal Reform = $8,600