WESTERN GULF OF MEXICO LEASE SALE DRAWS WEAK RESPONSE

A.D. Koen Gulf Coast News Editor Puny participation in last week's federal lease sale for the western Gulf of Mexico reflected a lack of open acreage on attractive prospects and the crisis sweeping the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry. Thirty-eight companies participating in the Minerals Management Service's Outer Continental Shelf Sale 141 offered 81 bids for 61 tracts in the western gulf planning area. That was the fewest bids offered in a western gulf sale since operators offered

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