In an effort to develop the oil and gas resources of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the United States currently conducts a leasing program for these resources. The Secretary of the Department of the Interior has been designated by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953 (43 U.S.C. 1331-1343), as amended by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Acts of 1978, to manage and regulate many of the activities that relate to the leasing, exploration, development, and production of the OCS mineral resources. Many of the Secretary's responsibilities have been delegated to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Under OCS Lands Act an Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Information Program was created and is managed by the BLM and the USGS. Authorities and operating procedures are detailed in the Code of Federal Regulations at 30 CFR 252 and 43 CFR 3300.
Under this program regional indexes are prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, and they list all relevant, actual, or proposed programs, plans, reports, environmental impact statements, and other lease sale information. The indexes are provided on a regular basis to affected States and, upon request, to local governments.
|Title||Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Information Program: Atlantic index (December 1980 - June 1981)|
|Authors||Mary Ann Collignon|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Open-File Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|