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    Obama Administration unveils Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale

    News // January 30, 2012

    The Obama administration has announced that the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold the consolidated Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216/222 in New Orleans on June 20, 2012. The sale will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

    President Obama discussed the announcement during remarks in Nevada earlier this month, in which he will highlighted his administration’s commitment to promoting safe and responsible domestic oil and gas production as part of a comprehensive energy strategy.

    This is one of many steps that the Administration is taking, at the President’s direction, to increase responsible domestic production and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

    “Expanding offshore oil and gas production is a key component of our comprehensive energy strategy to grow America’s energy economy, and will help us continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs here at home,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

    “The President has made it clear that developing our domestic oil and gas resources is a significant part of this administration’s efforts to grow our economy and create jobs. This lease sale is part of our commitment to safe and responsible development of the Outer Continental Shelf.”

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