LOUISIANA FILES SUIT TO BLOCK LEASE SALE IN GULF OF MEXICO

A federal judge in New Orleans was to decide last week whether to block a planned sale of federal oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico. At issue was whether the Minerals Management Service would be allowed to offer for lease 4,287 blocks encompassing about 23.6 million acres on the gulf's Outer Continental Shelf in an Aug. 21 sale in New Orleans. Louisiana filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 in U.S. district court for eastern Louisiana seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the sale.

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