Managing Multiple Uses In The Gulf Of Mexico

Coastal restoration, beach nourishment, and levee reconstruction are crucial to mitigate future coastal erosion, land loss, flooding, and storm damage in the Gulf of Mexico. The success of that long-term effort depends on locating and securing significant quantities of OCS sediment resources that are compatible with the target environments being restored.

Offshore sand resources, like upland sources, are extremely scarce where most needed. Additionally, vast areas of these relatively small offshore sand resources are not extractable because of the presence of oil and gas infrastructure, archaeologically sensitive areas, and biologically sensitive areas. BOEM is implementing several measures to help safeguard the most significant OCS sediment resources, reduce multiple use conflicts, and minimize interference with oil and gas operations under existing leases or rights-of-way.

Gulf of Mexico Lease Blocks with Significant Sediment Resources
GOM Lease Area Blocks with Significant Sediment Resources
Bay Marchand Area BM 2-5
Breton Sound Area BS 24, 25, 39, 41-44, 53-56
Chandeleur Area CA 1, 4, 5, 8, 16, 28, 30-34
Charlotte Harbor CH 518, 561-563, 605-607, 649-653, 701, 744-746, 788-790, 832-834, 875-878, 919-922, 964-966, 1011
Destin Dome DD 1-7, 45-51
Eugene Island Area EI 10, 18-35, 37-69, 71-93, 94, 95, 100
Grand Isle Area GI 15, 16, 25
High Island Area HI 37, 47-49, 70-73, 86-90, 114, 115, 136, 158-160, 171-174, 198-204, 231-234, A7-A9, A16-A22, A37-A39
High Island Area, East Addititon 38, 39, 45, 46, 74-76, 84, 85
Miami MA 89, 269-271
Mobile MO 765-767, 778, 779, 809-824, 826-830, 853-874, 897-918, 942, 954-962, 999-1006
Main Pass Area MP 6, 7, 39-41, 42-44, 58-60, 86-90, 92-114, 115-117, 118-120, 125-129, 139, 161, 162, 180, 181, 312
St. Petersburg PB 19-21, 65, 417, 418, 461-463, 506-508, 775, 820, 864
Pensacola PE 751, 752, 793-796, 753, 754, 797, 798, 837-842, 881-886, 925-930, 969-975
South Pelto Area PL 1-5, 6-15, 16, 17-20, 21-25
Pulley Ridge PR 43, 87
Sabine Pass Area (LA) SA 10-16
South Marsh Island Area, North Addition SM 207-237, 241-249, 259-261
South Pass Area SP 6, 42
Ship Shoal Area SS 16, 24-26, 37, 38, 49, 62, 63, 64, 65-70, 71-75, 84-100, 107-110, 111-114, 120
South Timbalier Area ST 9-11, 16-18, 20, 33, 34, 51, 52, 54, 55, 66, 67, 72
Sabine Pass Area (TX) SX 9, 17, 40, 44
Tarpon Springs TP 810-812, 854-856, 899, 900, 987-989
Viosca Knoll VK 34-38, 78-82
Vermilion Area VR 11, 30, 49, 51-54, 68-77, 86-96, 108-111
West Cameron Area WC 17, 19, 20-22, 31, 43-45, 56-58, 90-93, 113-118, 128-134, 146-150, 168-172, 181
West Cameron Area, West Addition WC 155-157, 162
West Delta Area WD 20-31, 32, 43-50, 56-61

 

Gulf of Mexico Lease Blocks with Significant Sediment Resources

Gulf of Mexico Lease Blocks with Priority Pipelines in Significant Sediment Resource Areas

Specific Requirements for Marine Mineral Lessees in the Gulf of Mexico 

BOEM may require operational setbacks from existing oil and gas infrastructure during dredging operations to avoid direct or indirect impacts to infrastructure. Setbacks will be determined on a case-by-case basis, using guidance provided in A Study to Address the Issue of Seafloor Stability and the Impact of Sand Dredging Activities on Oil and Gas Infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico (OCS Study MMS 2005-043).

Related Information

Information to Lessees (ITL) Notice

Leasing Activities Information regarding potential sand dredging activities in the Gulf of Mexico is available on the Information to Lessees (ITL) page with the latest oil and gas lease sale information.

Notice to Lessees

Marine Minerals Program Infrastructure-Related Environmental Studies

The following studies provide information regarding the potential impacts of dredging operations on existing infrastructure and inform BOEM requirements concerning the identification and protection of existing infrastructure:

  • OCS Study MMS 2004-019 - Preliminary Infrastructure Stability Study, Offshore Louisiana
  • OCS Study MMS 2005-043 - Study to Address the Issue of Seafloor Stability and the Impact of Sand Dredging Activities on Oil and Gas Infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico
  • OCS Study MMS 2007-048 - Examination of the Physical and Biological Implications of Using Buried Channel Deposits and Other Non-Topographic Offshore Features as Beach Nourishment Material