The U.S. Inside Division’s Bureau of Ocean Vitality Administration (BOEM) stated on Tuesday it would postpone its subsequent sale of oil leases within the Gulf of Mexico.

The company stated it won’t maintain Lease Sale 261 on September 27, 2023, as initially deliberate on account of final week’s ruling by the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordering an enlargement of acreage being supplied after BOEM earlier decreased the realm in an effort to guard an endangered whale species.

“The order permits time for a extra orderly lease sale course of,” BOEM stated.

BOEM stated it would embrace lease blocks that have been beforehand excluded attributable to issues relating to potential impacts to the Rice’s whale distribution within the Gulf of Mexico. BOEM added it would additionally take away parts of a associated stipulation meant to deal with potential impacts to Rice’s whale from the lease phrases for the leases that could be issued on account of Lease Sale 261. 

BOEM stated it plans to carry Lease Sale 261 no later than November 8, 2023, to adjust to the Appeals Courtroom ruling. A revised Remaining Discover of Sale shall be issued within the coming days.