The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) postponed Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261 yesterday. 

As a result of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling on Sept. 25, BOEM did not hold Lease Sale 261 on Sept. 27 as originally planned. The order allows time for a more orderly lease sale process, BOEM said. 

BOEM will include lease blocks that were previously excluded due to concerns regarding potential impacts to the Rice’s whale distribution in the Gulf of Mexico. BOEM will also remove portions of a related stipulation meant to address potential impacts to Rice’s whale from the lease terms for the leases that may be issued as a result of Lease Sale 261. For more information, see  

BOEM plans to hold Lease Sale 261 no later than Nov. 8 to comply with the court ruling. A revised Final Notice of Sale will be issued in the coming days.