Final 2007-2012 Five Year OCS Oil & Gas Lease Plan
Note: The 2007-2012 Five Year Plan ends on June 30, 2012. The 2012-2017 Five Year Plan is currently being developed and takes effect on July 1, 2012. Please visit our 2012-2017 Five Year Plan page for more information.
Phase 3: Proposed Program and Draft EIS
- November 21, 2006: NOIA comments on the 5-Year Proposed Program in conjunction with DPC, IPAA, IADC, PESA, USOGA, NGSA. Click here for API's comments and here for DPC's comments.
August 24, 2006: Click here to read MMS' press release on the Proposed Program and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
- August 25, 2006: Click here to download the Proposed Program
- August 25, 2006: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 2007-2012 5-Year Plan is now available:
- Volume I - Intro & Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4
- Volume II - Part IV; Part V-VI; Part VII (index)
- Volume II - Appendices:Appendix A (glossary);Appendix B (acronyms);Appendix C (mitigation measures);Appendix D (federal laws & executive orders);Appendix E (references)
- Figures:II-1 - II-10;III-1 - III-6;III-7 - III-12;III-13 - III-24;III-25 - III-38;III-39 - IV-1
- Tables:III-1 - III-17;III-18 - III-25;III-26 - III-45;III-46 - III-52;III-53 - III-56;III-57 - III-63;IV-1 - IV-28
Phase 2: Draft Proposed Program
- April 13, 2006: Click here to read comments from Virginia on the Draft Proposed Program.
- April 13, 2006: Click here to read a letter to MMS from the Texas Congressional Delegation members and others, including:Joe Barton, Gene Green, Charlie Gonzalez, Solomon Ortiz, Ron Paul, John Duncan (TN), Ralph Hall, Michael Burgess, Tom Cole (OK), Lamar Smith, Tom DeLay, Louis Gohmert, Sam Johnson, Mac Thornberry, Kay Granger, Henry Bonilla, Silvestre Reyes, Charlie Melancon (LA), Dan Boren (OK), Pete Sessions, Henry Cuellar, Richard Baker (LA), Kevin Brady, Ruben Hinojosa, Barbara Cubin (Wy), John Carter, John Sullivan (OK, Chet Ewards, Burgess, Michael McCaul, Randy Neuegebauer, Michael Conaway, John Culberson.
33 total, 26 Texans; 25 Republicans, 8 Democrats.
- April 10, 2006: Click here to download NOIA's comments on the MMS Draft Proposed 5-Year Program, in conjunction with DPC, USOGA, IPAA, IADC, NGSA.
- Click here for a copy of American Petroleum Institute comments.
- Click here for a copy of Offshore Marine Service Association comments.
- Click here for a copy of the Agriculture Energy Alliance comments.
- Click here for a copy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce comments.
- Click here for a copy of the Edison Electric Institute comments.
- April 6, 2006: Click here to review the letter from Florida Governor Jeb Bush to MMS Director Johnnie Burton.
- March 9, 2006: NOIA has completed its first draft of its comments on the Draft proposed Plan. Please click here to review them. To download a copy of the template letter for individuals, click here.
- February 10, 2006: The official Federal Register notice on the Draft Proposed 5-Year Program was published today, beginning the official comment period. Comments are due to the agency no later than April 11, 2006.
- February 8, 2006: MMS released its Draft Proposed 5-Year Program today, beginning the next phase of public comment.We expect that the draft will include lease sales in all the areas that are in the current plan -- including the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico, the small 1.5 million-acre area of the Eastern Gulf, and a portion of Alaska. In addition, the plan will include more of the Eastern Gulf -- approximately 2/3 of the bulge area of the original 181 sale area -- that was not included in the current plan.
For the first time, the draft will also propose to analyze and study three additional areas:
- the area off the coast of the State of Virginia
- the area of the North Aleutian Basin off Alaska
- the area in the Eastern Gulf, south of the original 181 sale area, out to the EEZ line
- Including these three areas, currently under administrative withdrawal and/or legislative moratoria, is encouraging. It could pave the way to conduct lease sales if the administrative withdrawals/legislative moratoria are lifted before 2012. We strongly urged the MMS to include areas under withdrawal and moratoria.
Listed below is key correspondence with the Administrationas it prepared the initial scoping notice for the 5-Year Plan. NOIA's position was that the Administration should seek comment on the broadest possible area of the Outer Continental Shelf.: