2007 – 2012 Five-Year OCS OIl and Gas Lease Plan

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:

    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.

Phase 1: Scoping Notice

  • January 3, 2006: MMS released a notice in the federal register delineating "offshore administrative boundaries" on the OCS. While these boundaries do not change anything in the current regulatory regime, they may come into play in the next round of the 5-Tear Planning Process. For a full description and to see maps of the offshore boundaries, click here.
  • October 20, 2005: MMS is posting the public comments it has received to its website. Of note: 80% of the 10,000 comments received from individuals favor expansion of OCS access. Click here to review the comments.
  • October 11, 2005: NOIA submitted its final comments on the Scoping Notice, along with co-signers co-signers from IADC, DPC, PESA, IPAA, and the US Oil & Gas Association.
  • October 11, 2005: The American Gas Association comments on the 5-Year Plan Comments submitted to MMS.
  • October 4, 2005: NOIA has completed its final comments, which will be submitted to MMS with co-signers from IADC, DPC, PESA, and US Oil & Gas Association. The full comments can be downloaded here. Also, a template letter for employees and retirees can be downloaded by clicking here.
  • September 26, 2005: MMS announced today that their on-line commenting system was disrupted by damage in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. As a result, any electronic comments submitted after August 29 must be considered lost and resubmitted by mail to: Renee Orr, 5-Year Program Manager, Minerals Management Service (MS-4010), Room 3120, 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170.
  • September 9, 2005: Agriculture Energy Alliance urges overturning of OCS moratoria
  • August 25, 2005: NOIA Draft Comments in response to the MMS Scoping Notice
  • August 24, 2005: Letter from Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) to Secretary of Interior Gale Norton re: 5-Year Plan
  • August 24, 2005: American Gas Association press release calling for expanded offshore production.
  • August 23, 2005: Full text of the MMS Scoping Notice.
  • August 22, 2005: MMS issues scoping notice for the 2007-2012 5-Year Plan, seeking information on all OCS areas, including those under moratoria. To view the Minerals Management Service's press release on this topic, go to http://www.mms.gov/ooc/press/2005/press0822a.htm. More information for members will be sent within a few days, including NOIA comments and suggested guidelines for member companies compiling their own comments for submission.

Pre-Scoping Notice:

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.:

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