MMS Seeks Comments on Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213
On October 9, 2008, the U.S. Minerals Management Service published a Federal Register notice seeking comments on issues relevant to an oil and gas sale lease in the Gulf of Mexico. The lease is tentatively scheduled for 2010. It involves additional acreage available for leasing in the Central Planning area of the Gulf. This additional acreage became available on July 14, 2008, when the President modified an Executive Order.
MMS explains in its notice that
"Comments are sought from all interested parties about particular
geological, environmental (including natural disasters), biological,
archaeological and socioeconomic conditions or conflicts, or other
information that might bear upon the potential leasing and development
of this area. Comments are also sought on possible conflicts between
future OCS oil and gas activities that may result from the proposed
lease sale and State Coastal Management Programs (CMP's). If possible,
these comments should identify specific CMP policies of concern, the
nature of the conflict foreseen, and steps that the MMS could take to
avoid or mitigate the potential conflict."
Comments will be considered during MMS' preparation of a NEPA environmental assessment for this lease area.
Comments must be received by MMS no later than November 10, 2008.
Click here to read MMS' Federal Register notice
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