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The nation greatly relies on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing program for meeting near-term domestic energy needs, particularly while new energy technologies and conservation actions are being developed. Decisions regarding where to lease and at what rate have a significant impact on the future production of OCS resources. The Department of the Interior's October 1977 sale of 135 oil and gas tracts on the OCS off the southern Alaskan coast, commonly known as the Lower Cook Inlet Sale CI, was reviewed and compared with previous sales of 1975 and 1976.

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