Alaska Leasing Office


View through an Oil DrumThe Leasing Section of BOEM's Alaska OCS Region implements the federal government's National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program within the bounds of the Alaska OCS Region. The section ensures that OCS Lands Act requirements and procedures are followed in the preparation and conduct of sales listed in the Five-Year Program.

In this capacity, the section works closely with the Alaska Region's other program offices (Environment, and Resource Evaluation) to develop appropriate lease mitigation and terms of sale to help ensure expeditious and orderly development -- subject to environmental safeguards -- of America’s oil and gas resources. The section adjudicates bids and issues leases to the highest responsible qualified bidder(s) after completion of fair market value review.


The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (often referred to simply as OCSLA) authorizes the Department of the Interior to grant leases to the highest bidder for the exploration, development and production of oil and gas contained within the Outer Continental Shelf (generally defined as the submerged lands lying around and outside three geographical miles off each state).

These rights are conveyed by contracts referred to as leases. Each lease covers an area that is no more than 5,760 acres, and is generally a square measuring 3 miles by 3 miles.

Process Diagram

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Outer Continental Shelf Program's Leasing, Exploration and Development Process

Under a lease, a company has the right to apply for permits to explore and develop the mineral resources within that area. Before approving the permits, BOEM carefully reviews all applications to ensure that the activities will be conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner and that the interests of key stakeholders are effectively addressed.


The National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for oil and gas development establishes a schedule of oil and gas lease sales proposed for planning areas of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The Program specifies the size, timing and location of potential leasing activity that the Secretary of the Interior determines will best meet national energy needs.

Currently BOEM is working under the 2017-2022 National OCS Program. However, as directed in Executive Order 13795 (April 28, 2017) and Secretary's Order 3350 (May 1, 2017), BOEM is initiating a process to develop a new National OCS Program for 2019-2024 to, upon completion, replace the 2017-2022 Program.


MAPS - Active OCS leases  


  • Detailed Listing of Active Leases. A table detailing all the individual tracts currently leased, including the lease owner, date leased, date lease expires, etc.
  • Historical Alaska Region Lease Sales. This one-page table gives an overview of all lease sales held in Alaska, including number of tracts offered, number of tracts leased, and acreage.
  • Alaska Lease Holdings by Owner. This table lists the companies currently holding leases in Alaska, together with the number of leases held and the resulting acreage.
  • Alaska Lease Data Report. Contains a detailed, block-by-block breakdown (lease number, area code, block number, low and maximum water depths, protraction number, district code, distance to shore, and more) of Alaska leases.
  • Combined Leasing Status Report. Updated monthly, this overview includes not only Alaska, but also the current leasing situations in BOEM's other two regions: The Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Scheduled Lease Sales, 2017-2022. This table shows all lease sales scheduled nationally, including in Alaska, from 2017-2022.