• U.S. Gulf of Mexico Leasing

    The publication WorkBoat posted an article on oil and gas leasing in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This article begins as follows:

    “The Interior Department announced today that it is proposing the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the U.S. — 77 million acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

    The proposed regionwide lease sale, offering an area about the size of New Mexico, is scheduled for March 2018 and includes all available unleased areas on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), surpassing last year’s regionwide lease sale by about one million acres.”

  • Largest Marine Protected Area in North America to Be Created off Mexico

    The National Geographic posted an online article about Mexico’s planned new marine protected area: Revillagigedo marine reserve. Excerpts from the article follow:

    “Largest Marine Protected Area in North America to
    Be Created off Mexico

    On October 5, the Mexican government announced its intent to create a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, the largest protected area of its kind in North America. Alejandro Del Mazo Maza, representing Mexico’s National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, announced the massive planned expansion of the Revillagigedo marine park at the Our Ocean conference in Malta.