Millions of acres of Gulf waters to be leased for oil, gas drilling

WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) – Millions of acres of federal waters off Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas will be up for grabs for oil and gas drilling leases in March 2018. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said its part of the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history.

Zinke said the lease sale is part of President Donald Trump’s push to spur the economy in the Gulf Coast region and put people to work.

Mississippi lawmakers, including Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, have voiced support for the lease sale.