MMS PREPARING FOR CENTRAL GULF SALE

The U.S. Minerals Management Service is proceeding with plans for a Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale this summer. MMS Director Scott Sewell said, "There have been significant discoveries in the central gulf recently, so we're optimistic about this sale." Sale 139 will offer 5,194 blocks totaling 28 million acres in 4 to more than 3,425 m of water ranging from 3 to 220 miles off Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. It estimated the sale area's recoverable resources total 160

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