Three leases were picked up at B.C.'s monthly sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights on Aug. 14.
Concourse Petroleum paid the largest sum for one of them, paying a bonus bid of $169,310 for a 558-hectare parcel near Laprise Creek.
Venturion Oil picked up two 259-hectare leases, one for $14,573 and the other for $8,098, both near Doe River.
Industry paid $192,000 in bonus bids, or roughly $178.50 per hectare.
With rent and other fees, the province brought in $201,552 for the month. There were no bids on the three other leases offered.
The province has taken in roughly $2.8 million in bonus bids to date this year — far short of the nearly $60 million it saw through this time last year.
The land sale in Saskatchewan this week generated $1.55 million, while Alberta's drew $1.81 million.
The next sale for B.C. is scheduled for Sept. 11, with two drilling licences, and four leases being offered.
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