Oil and gas lease auction in Roswell on Thursday\

An auction of oil and gas leases on federal federal lands happens on Thursday in Roswell.

The BLM says it begins at 9 o’clock that morning at the Convention and Civic Center.

Bidder registration begins at 8 o’clock.

The BLM originally wanted to hold the auction in Santa Fe.

Allison Sandoval from the bureau tells the Roswell Daily Record that the move has nothing to do with protests during an auction at the state capital.

The BLM says it has 36 parcels available that combine for early 14,000 acres.