If you are wondering where offshore oil drilling is currently taking place in the United States, I found this nifty map that plots out all of the current gas and oil drilling leases. It’s nice to get a visual on where these drilling operations are taking place.
Keep in mind the map only covers offshore oil drilling leasing programs over the last 5 years in the Gulf of Mexico. Also, please note that state leases are not depicted in this image.
The total number of leases nationwide is 8,237 and covers a total 43,899,380 acres. That’s over 68,592 square miles!
Click on the map below to view it in more detail.