The MMS today published a notice of preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed oil and gas lease sale (215) in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area (off the Texas and western Louisiana coasts), which is tentatively scheduled for mid-2010. The EA will examine the potential environmental effects of and alternatives to the proposed lease sale, based on any changes and any new relevant information not available at the time the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Western Planning Area Sales 210, 215 and 218 was prepared published September 2008). Comments regarding the Environmental Assessment are due by October 9, 2009.