Offshore lease sale set for December
POSTED: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 5:03am
UPDATED: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 3:38pm
Sales takes place in New Orleans Superdome
New Orleans —
The Associated Press is reporting; The Department of Interior says it has set a December date for the next Gulf offshore oil and natural gas lease sale - the first such sale since the Deepwater Horizon explosion
and BP oil spill.
The Dec. 14 sale will take place in New Orleans in the Superdome and include all the unleased areas in an area known as the Western Gulf Planning Area offshore Texas.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that oversight of deepwater drilling has been strengthened and the industry has improved its ability to contain a subsea blowout and respond to a spill.