BOEMRE seeks nominations for central, western gulf lease sales

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 14 -- The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement is seeking nominations regarding proposed oil and gas leases sales in the Gulf of Mexico’s western and central planning areas on the Outer Continental Shelf. Information will primarily identify areas with oil and gas development potential, along with potential environmental effects and potential conflicts, it said.

This information will be in addition to that which is gathered under the National Environmental Policy Act review process, the US Department of the Interior agency said on Mar. 14. It is an early planning and consultation step to ensure that all interests and concerns are considered in leasing decisions, BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich said.

The call covers 10 lease sales: five in the central gulf planning area off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; and five in the western gulf planning area off Texas. BOEMRE said that it also is preparing a multisale environmental impact statement covering the 10 lease sales concurrent with the call.

It said that nominations and comments must be submitted by Apr. 14.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.



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