BLM takes step to implement Helium Stewardship Act


Consistent with the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which directed the sale of the Federal Helium System, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a final rule to remove obsolete regulations for the In-Kind Crude Helium Sales Contract Programme and associated provisions.

Under the Federal In-Kind Programme, federal agencies using helium were required to purchase their refined helium from private suppliers. Those private suppliers, in turn, were required to purchase an equivalent amount of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. However, the BLM ended in-crude helium sales on 30th September 2022, when federal users began acquired helium on the open market.

Melanie Barnes, BLM New Mexico State Director, said, “BLM is proud of our many decades ensuring a reliable helium supply for the US government and private industry, and we thank the dedicated staff who made this mission possible.”

She also confirmed that the BLM will continue to produce and deliver helium while the General Services Administration moves forward with selling the Federal Helium System.

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