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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

MMS Seeks Comment on New Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

On August 1, 2008, the U.S. Minerals Management Service requested public comment on whether to begin a new Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program for mid-2010 to mid-2015 (approximate dates) to succeed the current leasing program. The current 5-year program covers the period July 2007 to June 30, 2012.

The MMSí August 1st Notice in particular requests comments on areas that are restricted from leasing by Congressional Moratoria but were removed from Presidential Withdrawal on July 14, 2008.

The process of developing and approving a new offshore leasing program includes the following steps: This initial solicitation of comments; development of a draft proposed program, a proposed program, a proposed final program; and Secretarial approval. If MMS decides to prepare a new 5-Year Program, then MMS will also prepare appropriate NEPA analysis documents.

The public will have opportunities to comment on the draft proposed program, on the draft EIS or other NEPA documents, and on the proposed program.

Comments are due to MMS by September 15, 2008

  • Click here to read MMSí notice requesting public comment