43 CFR 3137.76 - What happens if I do not meet a continuing development obligation?
(a) After you establish a participating area, if you do not meet a continuing development obligation and BLM has not granted you an extension of time to meet the obligation, the unit contracts. This means that -
(1) All areas within the unit that do not have participating areas established are eliminated from the unit. Any eliminated areas are subject to their original lease terms; and
(2) Only established participating areas, whether they are actually producing or not, remain in the unit.