2012-2017 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program

On August 27, 2012, Secretary Ken Salazar gave final approval to the schedule of lease sales set out in the Proposed Final Program (PFP). He announced and submitted the PFP and supporting analyses to the President and Congress on June 28, 2012 for a minimum of 60 days, as required under section 18. The 2012-2017 Program was effective on August 27, 2012, and will expire on August 26, 2017. The PFP decision document was the last of three documents that DOI will issue in connection with establishing the new Five Year Program . The PFP followed the January 2009 Draft Proposed Program (DPP) and the November 2011 Proposed Program (PP). The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released the Proposed Final Program decision document (with supporting analyses) and the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) immediately after the announcement.

The OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 establishes a lease sale schedule that is used as a basis for considering where and when oil and gas leasing might be appropriate over a five-year period.

Approved Lease Sale Schedule and Maps  

Supporting Documents

The documents below provide analyses provided for the PFP decision. No new analyses or documents, other than a decision memorandum and record of decision, were completed between the PFP decision and the approval of the program.

Annual Progress Report

Total Acreage offered in
the Five Year Program
Total OCS 218.94 million
Alaska 125.19 million
GOM 93.75 million
Chukchi Sea 55.11 million*
Beaufort Sea 64.72 million*
Cook Inlet 5.36 million
*Sales cancelled in 2015
Gulf of Mexico
Western 28.58 million
Central 64.51 million
Eastern 0.66 million


Chart showing 5-Year Program lease sale steps to exploration plans and development plans.














Graphic showing offshore platform, man giving presentation, and school of ocean fish