CORRECTED: Bureau of Land Management Announces Increase in Oil, Gas Drilling Fees on Public, Indian Lands 

- A gas well operated by Alta Mesa in Payette County. -  - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • A gas well operated by Alta Mesa in Payette County.
The United States Bureau of Land Management just made it pricier to obtain an oil or gas drilling permit for public and Indian lands.

The move, effective Saturday, Oct. 1, raises the processing fee for applications for permit to drill (APDs) from $9,500 to $9,610—a 1.16 percent increase—to adjust for inflation as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015. Applicants can expect fees to increase due to inflation over the next decade as part of the act.

Applicants must pay the nonrefundable fee regardless of whether the APD is approved, but oil and gas lease sales were approximately $3.9 million in Idaho in May 2015. Nationally, the BLM approved more than 44,000 such leases covering more than 32 million acres in fiscal year 2015.

CORRECTION, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:16 p.m.: 
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated application oil and gas drilling fees on public and Indian lands had increased from $110 to $9,610, rather than an increase of $110. Boise Weekly regrets the error.
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