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Jan 11, 2012 10:29 AM by Cecilia Stevenson

Feds taking public comment on future lease sales

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) - The federal agency handling offshore
drilling has invited the public to comment on proposed etroleum lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold Wednesday's hearing in Jefferson Parish.
The government's first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 drew $333.7 million in winning bids. That sale covered the western Gulf off the coast of Texas.
The sale and issuance of the leases from the sale are being challenged in federal court by environmental groups. The groups say the government did not properly consider environmental impacts in the wake of the BP spill.

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