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US sets oil, gas lease auction for gulf of Mexico in august

July 13/ 12:47

Washington. The United States will hold an oil- and natural-gas lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico next month, the US Department of the Interior announced in a press release.

"The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer approximately 78 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development," the release stated on Thursday. "The region-wide lease sale scheduled for Aug. 15, 2018, includes all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico."

The Department of Interior noted that the auction is expected to be livestreamed, and will become the third offshore sale under the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022, told Sputnik.

"Under this program, ten region-wide lease sales are scheduled for the Gulf, where resource potential and industry interest are high, and oil and gas infrastructure is well established," the release added.

The release explained that the lease sale will include some 14,622 unleased blocks, located from three to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern planning areas.

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