Proposed MMS 5-Year Lease Program

The Minerals Management Service is proposing to hold 20 oil and natural gas lease sales in the federal outer continental shelf between 2002 and 2007. The proposal, entitled Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program 2002-2007, will be published in Monday's Federal Register. It includes sales in the Gulf of Mexico’s Western, Central and part of the Eastern planning areas; and Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, Norton Basin, Cook Inlet/Shelikof Strait and the Chukchi Sea/Hope Basin. The draft proposal does not include any areas currently under moratoria or presidential withdrawal.