Sale 258 Status Update

Proposed Cook Inlet Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258 (Lease Sale 258) will not move forward. BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations for Sale 258 in the Federal Register on Sept. 10, 2020. On Oct. 22, 2021, BOEM published a draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the potential environmental impacts of proposed Lease Sale 258. The Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on Oct. 29, 2021, initiating a 45-day public comment period. BOEM did not receive any nominations or direct indications of industry. Not holding this lease sale in consideration of the lack of industry interest is consistent with BOEM’s practice.   

Between 1978 and 1985, 13 exploratory wells have been drilled in federal waters of Cook Inlet, with no commercial discoveries of oil or gas. No exploration wells have been drilled since that time. The most recent lease sale in the OCS off the coast of Alaska was held in June of 2017 in which a single company, Hilcorp, participated and was awarded 14 leases. BOEM has not received a complete exploration plan for these leases.    

Following Lease Sale 191 in Alaska's Cook Inlet (May 2004), in which no bids were received, the Department gave greater weight to expressions of industry interest during the individual sale planning process in deciding whether to hold lease sales in the Cook Inlet. 

  • Sale 199: On December 27, 2004, the agency announced the publication in the Federal Register of a Request for Information (RFI) and a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare and Environmental Assessment for Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 199. No industry input was received in response to the RFI and Lease Sale 199 was delayed from 2006 to 2007. 

    On December 6, 2006, the agency published in the Federal Register a follow-up Request for Information. No industry interest was received in response to this RFI and Lease Sale 199 was cancelled in February 2007.  
  • In the subsequent National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2007-2012), the Secretary decided to include the Cook Inlet Planning Area on the schedule as a "special interest sale." If industry interest reflected in comments on a call for information did not support consideration of a sale, the sale would be postponed. A request for nominations and comments would be issued again the following year, and so on through the 5-year schedule.  
  • Sale 211: On October 27, 2008, based on response to the Request for Information issued in July 2008, Sale 211 was deferred a year.  Subsequently, it was decided for administrative purposes that Sale 211 should be canceled, and a new Cook Inlet sale scheduled. This new sale was scheduled as Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 219. 
  • Sale 219:  On March 2, 2011, Sale 219 was cancelled due to lack of industry interest. 
  • Sale 244:  Sale 244 was held on June 21, 2017; 14 leases were awarded. 
  • Sale 258:  Sale 258 was cancelled in May 2022 due to lack of industry interest.