Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261 Results Announced

Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261 Results Announced
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As required by the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on December 20, 2023, held the Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261.

The sale generated $382,168,507 in high bids for 311 tracts covering 1.7 million acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 26 companies participated in the lease sale, submitting 352 bids totaling $441,896,332.

Pursuant to a ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, BOEM included lease blocks that were previously excluded due to potential impacts to the Rice’s whale population from oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Revenues received from offshore oil and gas leases (including high bids, rental payments, and royalty payments) are directed to the U.S. Treasury, certain Gulf Coast states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) and local governments, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Historic Preservation Fund. 

Lease Sale 261 offered 13,482 unleased blocks on 72.7 million acres in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern Planning Areas.

All terms and conditions for Lease Sale 261 are detailed on BOEM’s website, which is available at


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