B.C.'s monthly sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights saw an $8.3 million lift in September thanks to the sale of a drilling licence in the Halfway River area.
Industry paid $8.97 million in bonus bids for the month, the most successful sale of the year so far for the province.
The biggest grab was by Contiguous Resources, which paid $31,477 per hectare for the 264-hectare drilling licence near Halfway River.
Synergy Land Services picked up the other drilling licence sold this month, paying $106,909 for 569 hectares in the Upper Halfway area.
Two leases were sold.
Concourse Petroleum paid a bonus bid of $320,152 for two tracts covering 1,395 hectares in the Martin area.
Elk Run Resources paid $234,910 for four tracts covering 1,135 hectares in the Kobes and Gundy Creek areas.
Industry paid $8.97 million in bonus bids, or $2,668 per hectare. With rent and other fees, the province brought in $8.99 million for the month.
The province has now taken in close to $12 million in bonus bids to date this year — far short of the nearly $61 million it saw through this time last year.
It's been a sluggish year for land sales in B.C., which saw zero revenue in February, March, and July.
Sales have ranged from a low of $5,500 in bonus bids in June, and a previous high of $2 million in January.
The next sale is scheduled for Oct. 9, with five leases on offer.