The Drillings™ provides data on the locations, status, and ownership of oil and gas leases on public land. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grants individuals and companies petroleum exploration rights on public land. Curious about recent Petroleum Exploration activity in an area or the shifting ownership of lands? The Drillings™ is a source to see where these oil and gas leases are and have been.
The Drillings™ is your definitive source for the status and ownership of crude oil and natural gas leases.
- 397,541 Total Leases
- 1,590 Pending Leases
- 337,488 Closed Leases
- 32 Expired Leases
- 758 Cancelled Leases
- 21 Withdrawn Leases
- 2 Relinquished Leases
- 15 Rejected Leases
A Shifting Landscape
New leases are being filed, auctioned, or resold through private sales. While leases change hands, become active or closed, or have new actions filed, we are updating our records to make this information easily available. To be alerted whenever one of these updates is released, join our mailing list.
We are changing too. The Drillings™ is constantly updating and refining content to make it easier to access. We are constantly reviewing the site to add new, useful features for our users. Have an idea of what you would like to see or explore business opportunities? Contact us!
Energy resources for everyone
Interested in other energy sectors? Our sister sites are reporting energy collection leases from coal to solar. We cover coal mining through The Coal Fields™, solar energy through Solar Energy Zones™, wind energy through Wind Energy Zones™, and geothermal energy through Thermal Zones™.
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Oil and Gas Lease News From The Drillings™
Learn more about the Bureau of Land Management, Public Land Survey System, and oil and gas leases.
Understanding Lease Ownership
We receive lots of emails from people who find their name or a relative’s name on our site and want to know if this means they have some right to the land listed under that name.
Understanding BLM Administrative Areas
Wether it is filing a lease or researching one, the administering BLM office is going to be the definitive source.
Understanding Location Data
Lease handled by the Bureau of Land Management are not mapped by latitude and longitude, instead, these leases harken back to the Public Land Survey System.
A “township” can refer to two different things. Both are part of the PLSS measurement system but have different uses.