Areas Under Restriction

BOEM OCS Areas Withdrawn from Leasing 

I. Areas Restricted by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA), P.L. 109-432, establishes restrictions on oil and gas leasing in a portion of the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area and most of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area that will remain in effect through June 30, 2022. See map.

II. Presidential Withdrawals

Under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. §1341, 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 existing Presidential withdrawals are as follows:

III. National Marine Sanctuaries

National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS) may be designated by the Department of Commerce pursuant to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), 16 U.S.C. §§ 1431-1434, 33 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.  The following national marine sanctuaries have been established under the NMSA:

IV. Other Restrictions