Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the boundary for state and federal offshore oil and gas production?

For most coastal states, the state jurisdiction extends about 3.5 miles from shore.

For Texas and Florida's coast on the Gulf of Mexico, the state jurisdiction extends about 10.35 miles from shore.

For details on state and federal boundaries for offshore oil and gas production, see Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's definition for Outer Continental Shelf.

Last reviewed: January 9, 2013

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