The shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) should be defined as a “distinct province” to avoid stranding substantial oil and natural gas resources, according to new research by the Department of Interior’s offshore regulators.
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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) “systematically underestimates the value of offshore oil and gas leases, resulting in the government collecting hundreds of millions of dollars less than it could otherwise,” according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The Interior Department will try once again in August to see if its strategy of offering every available unleased area in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to oil and gas operators is viable.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing a lease sale for August that again would provide region-wide access to oil and natural gas producers across an estimated 78 million acres.
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it plans to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed offshore oil and gas lease sale to be held next year for tracts offshore Alaska.
The Interior Department is planning yet another region-wide lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) next March, when it plans to auction about 78 million acres for oil and natural gas development.
Nearly 78 million acres are on offer for oil and natural gas development offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida in a federal auction to be held in August, the Department of Interior said Friday.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is calling for information and nominations by April 30 for a proposed oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea Planning Area in 2019.
Alaska’s onshore and offshore collectively hold about 17.6 billion bbl of oil and more than 50 Tcf of natural gas, according to an updated assessment conducted by Department of Interior (DOI) agencies, which also reported a nearly six-fold increase in onshore oil resources.
In the first lease sale covering the entire Gulf of Mexico (GOM) since 1983, the Lower Tertiary Trend, an intriguing deepwater play that has yielded big-time discoveries, captured most of the attention.