Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced it will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

Sale 246 will include approximately 4,000 blocks, covering roughly 21.8 million acres, located from nine to 250 mi (14 to 402 km) offshore, in water depths ranging from 16 to more than 10,975 ft (5 to 3,346 m).

The proposed sale is scheduled for August 2015 in New Orleans.

The seventh Gulf of Mexico sale, Central Planning Area Sale 235, will be held on March 18, 2015.