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Current energy demands are met primarily by domestic and foreign fossil fuels, but dependence on foreign imports will heighten the inherent problems with that supply. The need to increase our own resource production to gain independence from foreign oil has been stressed by the President. Development of OCS resources will have a positive impact on domestic production. By holding lease sales of OCS lands, the government can encourage domestic exploration, development, and production of oil and gas. This EIS will address the range and scope of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered relative to these proposed sales. All potential impacts were analyzed and resulted in four being deemed significant enough to be addressed in the statement: 1) biologically sensitive areas, 2) Florida manatee, 3) recreational fishing, and 4) coastal and marine birds. The remainder are included in Appendix B of the DEIS, Summary Impact Assessment, available at the New Orleans OCS Office.