Public Meeting in New Orleans for OIl & Gas Leasing

press release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

BOEM Will Hold Public Hearing in New Orleans on Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program.


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public hearing in New Orleans on Jan. 11, 2012, to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. This DEIS is for the proposed lease sales in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico 2012 – 2017 five-year program. A leasing program consists of a schedule of oil and gas lease sales (auctions) indicating the size, timing and location of proposed leasing activity for the five-year period following its approval by the Secretary of the Interior.


The proposed program includes offshore areas in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico where there are currently active leases and exploration, and where there is known or anticipated hydrocarbon potential.


WHAT:           The public is invited to comment during a hearing on the DEIS for the 2012 – 2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program in the Western and Central Planning Areas in the Gulf of Mexico

WHO:              BOEM representatives

WHEN:           Jan. 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

WHERE:         BOEM Gulf of Mexico Regional Office / 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd.


The draft DEIS is available at:

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