WASHINGTON, March 8 The U.S. Interior Department
said it will offer 73 million acres offshore in the Gulf of
Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development.
The proposed lease sale scheduled for Aug. 16 would include
all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of
Mexico, the department said in a statement dated March 6.
"Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas
drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the
United States energy independent," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
said in the statement.
(Reporting by Eric Beech)