Comments have been extended to Aug. 15 for the proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) planning area's oil and gas lease sales scheduled for 2017-2022, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said. The original comment deadline had been Thursday (July 31) (see Daily GPI, June 13). The proposed sales are for the 2012-2017 program (see Daily GPI, June 29, 2012; Dec. 18, 2012). Following comments, BOEM plans to prepare a draft program. Online comments may be submitted by clicking on BOEM's "Open Comment Documents" link. Written comments may be sent to Kelly Hammerle, Five-Year Program Manager; BOEM; 381 Elden St.--HM-3120; Herndon, VA 20170.