Atlantic OCS Facts And Figures

Offshore Natural Gas and Oil Operations

The Gulf of Mexico Regional Office conducts all oil and gas leasing and resource management functions on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region and the Atlantic OCS Area.

The Atlantic OCS Area is divided into four planning areas along the Atlantic seaboard: the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and the Straits of Florida.*

On November 17, 2000, the interests in the last remaining 8 natural gas and oil leases active in the Federal waters offshore North Carolina were relinquished by Conoco, Shell Offshore and OYX USA.  There are now no oil and gas leases in existence off the Atlantic Coast. 

General Description

Planning Area Total OCS Acreage Historical Leased Blocks
Active and Terminated
Active Leases Active Lease
Adjacent Coastal States
North Atlantic 92.32
63 0 0 Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey
Mid-Atlantic 112.83
238 0 0 Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina
South Atlantic 54.34
109 0 0 South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
Straits of Florida* 9.64
23 0 0 Florida
Total** 269.13 million
(48,447 blocks)
433 0 0

Historical Atlantic Lease Sale Information**

Tracts Offered Tracts Leased Bids Received Acres Bid On Acres Leased
Active and Inactive
Total Bonus
High Bid
9,240 tracts 433 1,248 3,013,106 2,334,089 $2.99 billion

Lease Sale History of the Atlantic OCS
(table with information by lease sale)

The Straits of Florida Planning Area was transferred to the Atlantic OCS Area in 1985. At the time of Lease Sale #5 in 1959, the Straits of Florida was administratively considered part of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region.
Includes Straits of Florida Planning Area.