MMS Identifies 2 Special-Interest Sales for Cook Inlet in Alaska

Cook Inlet, Alaska
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The OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012 identifies two potential "special-interest" sales for the Cook Inlet Planning Area in Alaska. The Cook Inlet area is a proven oil and gas province, but past industry interest in the federal offshore area has been limited.

The amount of oil and gas produced in Cook Inlet continues to decline and with changing economic conditions there is renewed interest in finding additional hydrocarbon resources for the South Central Alaska.

MMS's Request for Information (RFI) seeks to determine the level of industry interest, whether it is focused on a few blocks or prospects or if there is industry interest in a larger portion of the planning area.

MMS will consider the level of industry interest and other issues and concerns reflected in comments in its determination on how to proceed. The decision to proceed with further evaluation of this special interest sale or to issue another RFI in 2009 will be made after consideration of the comments received and the indication of industry interest in response to this RFI. This RFI does not indicate a preliminary decision to lease in the Program Area.

Responses to the RFI on proposed Cook Inlet Sale 211 must be received no later than October 6, 2008. Submittals should be labeled "Comments on Proposed Special Interest Sale 211."


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