Natural Resources

The State Mineral Lease Program oversees mineral rights leasing from non-educational, state-owned lands, as well as permitting seismic surveys on these properties.

For more information about Energy and Natural Resources, contact Thomas McElroy at 601.359.3449.

Mineral Lease

The state mineral lease program is designed to lease the state’s interest in oil and gas resources on state-owned property, although the state may also lease for mining-type minerals, such as sand, gravel, coal, and limestone. MDA facilitates the utilization, development, and production of the state’s mineral resources as required by law. The state owns more than 600,000 acres, and the Mineral Lease Program manages all state-owned minerals except those located on sixteenth section and university lands.

All proceeds, including lease bonuses, rental fees and royalty income are allocated to Mississippi’s Educational Trust Fund (97.5%), Gulf and Wildlife Protection Fund (2%), and administration of the mineral lease program (.5%).

The office of Mineral Lease is also responsible for the permitting of onshore and offshore seismic exploration conducted on state-owned lands.

Rules & Regulations

Read Mineral Lease Rules and Regulations to learn more about mineral leasing requirements. Please email inquiries to minerallease@mississippi.org or mail them to Energy and Natural Resources, Natural Resources, Mississippi Development Authority, P.O. Box 849, Jackson, Mississippi 39205.

State Lease Form

The Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority (MMEIA) may use the state’s generic onshore lease form to execute oil and gas leases covering state-owned minerals under its responsibility. This form is a starting point. Additional agreed-upon clauses may be included in the final lease document.

Link to Mineral Leasing Brochure.

Seismic Permitting

Rules & Regulations

Seismic surveys conducted over state-owned onshore lands require a permit. Read Seismic Exploration Rules and Regulations.

Email inquiries to minerallease@mississippi.org or mail them to Energy and Natural Resources, Natural Resources, Mississippi Development Authority, P.O. Box 849, Jackson, Mississippi 39205.

Administrative Review Procedure

Any person or interested party aggrieved by any final rule, regulation, permit, or order by the Mineral Leasing Division of the MMEIA may file a petition pursuant to 29-7-21, MCA, requesting administrative review.

Administrative Review Procedure