Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has authority to determine which offshore lands under U.S. control can be leased for oil and gas exploration and production. BOEM has published its “2017–2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program.”
This DPP includes eight planning areas—three in the Gulf of Mexico, two in the Atlantic, and three in Alaska—and nearly 80% of estimated undiscovered technically available oil and gas resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The DPP schedules 14 potential lease sales in those areas for the 2017–2022 period in eight program areas – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, one in the Atlantic (which would cover portions of two planning areas) and three off the coast of Alaska.
BOEM is accepting public comment on its DPP until March 30, 2015.
Click here to read BOEM’s Federal register notice seeking comment on this DPP.