The Offshore Energy Law Blog notes that on September 9, 2009, DOI's Bureau of Land Management will offer 28,489 acres of land in Colorado in the first ever online auction of its kind by the agency. The internet pilot program was mandated by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. DOI plans to utilize various security measures to ensure that activists do not disrupt the public auction. For example, bidders will preregister on a website created specifically for the lease sale and will give their credit card number, which will be verified. Although this is related to onshore E&P activities and beyond the scope of our typical coverage, we are interested to see whether the online auction is successful and whether in the future MMS may utilize such a process for future auctions of offshore leases. Stay tuned for an update after September 9.