NEW ORLEANS — A Chalmette oil and gas man’s bids accounted for most of Louisiana’s November sale of mineral rights on state and local government land.
Harold J. Anderson’s bids made up two-thirds of the $2.7 million total.
The Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board awarded 22 leases covering more than 7,000 acres on Wednesday. It had offered more than 131,000 acres in 121 tracts. Bids were nearly double those of November 2012, when a lack of seismic data drove down bidding, but was down from $4 million last month.
Eleven bidders participated.
Anderson’s Kare-Sue Energy Inc. had the day’s highest bid: $611,700 for more than 2,000 acres off the coast of Lafourche Parish.
The Harold J. Anderson independent petroleum land company bid $1.19 million on nine tracts. Those bids included $438,600 for 860 acres in the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area in Plaquemines Parish at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board has collected $11.3 million so far this fiscal year, which began July 1. The state collected $18.3 million total during the 2012-13 fiscal year.