Areas Under Restriction

I. Area Restricted by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA)

A portion of the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area (CPA) and most of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area (EPA) is under restriction until 2022 as part of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. The area restricted is that portion of EPA within 125 miles of Florida, all areas in the Gulf of Mexico east of the Military Mission Line (86º 41’ west longitude), and the area within the CPA that is within 100 miles of Florida.

II. Presidential Withdrawal

The President of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the Outer Continental Shelf. The following areas are withdrawn from leasing activity in accordance with 43 U.S.C. 1341. The North Aleutian Basin Planning Area and Bristol Bay were withdrawn by Presidential Memorandum on December 16, 2014.

III. Other Restrictions

Marine Sanctuaries designated as of July 14, 2008, under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, 16 U.S.C. 1431-1434, 33 U.S.C. 1401 et seq. Withdrawn by Executive Order 13795 on April 28, 2017.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation on September 15, 2016, in accordance with the Antiquities Act (54 U.S.C. 320301). Exploring for, developing, or producing oil and gas or minerals, or undertaking any other energy exploration or development activities within the monument is prohibited.