Pacific OCS Region Lease Management

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act authorizes the Federal Government, through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), to grant leases to the highest bidder for the exploration, development and production of oil and gas on 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 up to 5,760 acres and is generally a square measuring 3 miles by 3 miles. Under a lease, a company may explore and develop the mineral resources within that area. Before approving plans for exploration or development, BOEM carefully reviews them to ensure that the proposed activities will be conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner and that the interests of key stakeholders are effectively addressed.

Development and Production Plans (DPPs) Under Review

  • Carpinteria Revised DPP:
  • Revisions to Development and Production Plan, Platform Hogan, The Carpinteria Field 

  • Point Arguello Revised DPP:--Approved
  • Platform Hidalgo Development and Production Plan to Include Development of the Western Half of the Northwestern Quarter (NW/4) of Federal Lease OCS-P 0450 

  • Santa Ynez Unit Revised DPP:--Approved
  • To replace power cables from state waters, to and between Platforms Harmony, Hondo and Heritage in the Santa Ynez Unit.

Lease Information

The Pacific OCS Region presently has 34 active leases.

Sales Held: 12

Blocks Offered: 1,887

Leases Issued: 470

 Offshore Platform


Total Active Leases: 34

Producing: 34

Non-Producing: 0

Resource Evaluation

Pacific OCS Lease Maps