Draft OCS leasing plan would expand accessible area

The US Minerals Management Service released a draft of a proposed 5-year Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing plan on Feb. 8 that could expand accessible acreage.The draft proposal considers realigning Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area boundaries to correspond with new federal OCS administrative areas announced in January.MMS said the contemplated revision would include part of the OCS Lease Sale 181 area off Louisiana and a deepwater area to the south in the central planning area, and the tracts could be considered for future oil and gas development.MMS emphasized that it would not offer areas for leasing within 100 miles of Florida’s coast that formerly were part of the ...

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