BOEM issued a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) covering proposed Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sales in the available portions of the Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas on October 2, 2023. Those sales are described in the 2024-2029 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2024-2029 National OCS Program), which BOEM announced on September 29, 2023.
The purpose of the Call is to solicit industry nominations of acreage for possible inclusion in future sales and requests information from the public on the Call Area for lease sale planning. Specifically, BOEM seeks information on geological conditions, archaeological sites, potential use conflicts, areas of special concern, and other socioeconomic, biological, and environmental information. This Call is not a final decision to lease and does not prejudge any future secretarial decisions concerning leasing in the Gulf of Mexico.
How to comment
All nominations and comments must be received by BOEM or postmarked no later than November 1, 2023. All public comments should be submitted through one of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the field entitled, “Search,” enter “BOEM-2023-0053” and then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials available for this notice.
- U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service to the following address: Chief of Leasing and Financial Responsibility Section, BOEM, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Mail Stop GM 266A, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, telephone (504) 736-7502. Send your comments in an envelope clearly labeled “Comments on the Call for Information and Nominations for 2024-2029 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales.”
- Email: BOEMGOMRLeaseSales@boem.gov
Information on the development of the 2024-2029 National OCS Program and its programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) is available on BOEM’s website at: https://www.boem.gov/oil-gas-energy/national-program/national-ocs-oil-and-gas-leasing-program.