MMS TRIMS PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR OCS OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES

The U.S. Interior Department has proposed only 18 Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales in its new 5 year schedule. Eleven of the sales are in the Gulf of Mexico, one off the East Coast, none off the West Coast, and six off Alaska. Congress has 60 days in which to reject the 5 year lease sale plan but is not expected to. An earlier draft plan called for 23 sales (OGJ, Mar. 14, 1991, p. 16). The Minerals Management Service, which administers the offshore leasing program, said the new

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