Looking ahead ///

MMS identifies areas for proposed lease sale in GOM. MMS has classified all possible factors, including mitigating measures, to be considered in the environmental analyses involved with approval of 10 proposed offshore lease sales in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico. The sales are included in the proposed 2002 – 2007 leasing program. The agency has published a call for information and nominations, and a notice of intent, to prepare a multi-sale Environmental Impact Statement. After the first sale analyzed in the multi-sale EIS is held, MMS will prepare either an EA or supplemental EIS for each proposed sale. The Western GOM Planning Area contains about 22 million unleased acres offshore Texas and deeper waters offshore Louisiana. Blocks in the area range from 9 mi to 220 mi from shore with water depths of 26 ft to 9,840 ft. The Central Planning Area contains about 24 million unleased acres offshore Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

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