Groups urge MMS to expand 5-year OCS lease sale plan

Six oil and gas associations have asked the US Minerals Management Service to expand Outer Continental Shelf lease sale areas beyond those listed in the proposed 5-year program.“In particular, we urge the agency to include all of the area in the ‘original Sale 181 area’ rather than just the bulge area, as well as all of the Atlantic Planning Areas off the East Coast,” the associations said in joint comments submitted Apr. 10 to the MMS.The associations are the National Ocean Industries Association, Domestic Petroleum Council, Independent Petroleum Association of America, International Association of Drilling Contractors, Natural Gas Supply Association, and US Oil &...

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