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OCS Lease Sale 184. Minerals Management Service has released its Final Notice of Sale Package for OCS Lease Sale 184 in the Western Gulf of Mexico. Several lease stipulations are detailed in the MMS sale notice. As the National Ocean Industries Association notes, some of these provisions mark significant changes from past least sales, including: 1) a vaguely-worded provision indicating that mandatory participation in a marine mammal/protected species observer training program will be required; 2) mandatory measures for seismic surveys aimed at mitigating any possible detrimental impacts on whales and other marine mammals; and 3) oil spill contingency planning that identifies important habitats of protected species. Full details can be found at: www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/184stipf.pdf.

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