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WAC 332-12-270

Award of lease.

The department shall offer land for oil and gas leasing by the following procedures:
(1) Leases shall be offered at public auction after the approval of an application or initiation by the department. Public auction shall be by sealed or oral bidding or a combination as prescribed in the notice of leasing. Oil and gas leases shall be awarded to the highest cash bonus bidder. If two or more sealed bids tie for the highest bid on an individual tract, the department shall resolve the tie by commencement of oral bidding. If no oral bids are received on such tract the tie shall be resolved by the drawing by lot from the tie bids.
(2) If no bids, sealed or oral, are received on an individual tract, the lease may be awarded to the applicant for the minimum acceptable bid subject to approval by the commissioner.
(3) All awards of leases are subject to the commissioners authority to withhold any tract or tracts of land from leasing and to reject any or all applications or bids for an oil and gas lease if determined to be in the best interest of the state.
(4) Notice of the offer of land for leasing shall be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Thurston County and in such other manner as the department may authorize. Such notice shall specify the place, date, and hour of the offering, a general description of the lands to be offered for lease, and the minimum acceptable bid.
(5) Competitive bid terms. Sealed bids must be submitted prior to the time set for the auction, and must be accompanied by a certified check equal to one-fifth of the total bonus bid offered. Following award of an oral bid, a successful oral bidder is required to submit payment equal to one-fifth of total bonus bid. Unless all bids are rejected, the commissioner will send to the successful bidder two copies of the lease. The bidder will be required within thirty days after receipt thereof to execute and return the lease, pay the balance of their bonus bid, the first year's rental of one dollar twenty-five cents per acre, and all applicable taxes and other required payments. Upon failure of the successful bidder to fulfill the above requirements, the money tendered will be forfeited and the application rejected unless the department grants additional time pursuant to a written request made by the successful bidder prior to the expiration of the thirty-day period.
(6) Unsuccessful sealed bidders will be refunded their deposit. Application fees shall be refunded for applications rejected by the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 79.14.120. WSR 82-23-053 (Order 387), ยง 332-12-270, filed 11/16/82.]
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