Interior Department Proposes 73-Million-Acre GOM Lease Sale

April 2017, Vol. 244, No. 4

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the department will offer 73 million acres of offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The proposed region-wide lease sale, scheduled for Aug. 16, would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. “Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent,” Zinke said. “The Gulf is a vital part of that strategy to spur economic opportunities for industry,…

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