Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing
Federal offshore leasing takes place on the Outer Continental Shelf
(OCS), which commences three geographical miles seaward of the national
coastline, including three miles seaward of the coastline of offshore
islands. Seventy five oil and gas leases are situated offshore the
tri-counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo; 39
are either producing or situated in producing units and the remaining
36 leases have not produced. Fifteen platforms currently produce
oil and gas offshore Santa Barbara County with another four situated
offshore Ventura County.
This paper provides a brief overview of federal oil and gas leasing
activities in the OCS offshore California.