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The Interior Department got mixed reviews Tuesday on its draft five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program and President Barack Obama's related order to permanently bar drilling on 9.8 million acres of Arctic Ocean areas off Alaska's North Slope.
The 2017-2022 plan would schedule 14 lease sales, including one that would re-open the Atlantic Ocean to potential drilling after 2021.
Another three Alaska lease sales would be held starting in 2020 for areas in the Cook Inlet, the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and the other 10 would all be for tracts in the central and western Gulf of Mexico.
The Pacific Ocean and a section of the eastern Gulf of Mexico not under a moratorium were left out.
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