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  1. Proposed outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program

    Joseph Atiyeh and Michael Smith , Baker Donelson On Wednesday, January 28, as required by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the next step in the development of our nation's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022. The  Draft Proposed Program (DPP) includes 14 potential lease sales in eight planning areas – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and one in a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic, which includes areas off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The new proposal, coming just two days after the President of the United States announced he would propose designating most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness , also seeks to block access to 9.8 million acres of oil-rich areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska’s North Slope to protect what White House officials described as a pristine and particularly fragile Arctic ecosystem. The draft includes a new approach in the Gulf of Mexico by proposing two annual lease sales in the Western, Central and a portion of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico that is not subject to Congressional moratoria. This is a shift from the traditional approach of separate sales in the Western and Central Gulf each year. In the Atlantic, the potential lease sale would require a 50-mile coastal buffer to minimize multiple use conflicts, such as those from the Department of Defense and NASA activities, renewable energy activities, commercial and recreational fishing, critical habitat needs for wildlife and other environmental concerns. The proposal does not include any drilling off the coast of Florida.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimates that the Atlantic outer continental shelf contains 1.32 to 9.23 barrels of technically recoverable oil and between 11.81 to 67.69 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable gas, based on 1980's seismic surveys.  Presently, there are no active oil and gas leases in the Atlantic offshore territory. Development of an oil industry would result in years of development and job growth, and allow the affected regions to diversify their economies and energy resources. An oil industry will also generate potential significant new tax revenue. Critics and environmentalists, however, contend that development and risk of oil spills could jeopardize coastal communities,  in addition to tourism and fishing industries. About the authors Joseph Atiyeh is an associate in the New Orleans office of Baker Donelson. As a member of the Advocacy Department, he assists clients in various business-related litigation matters. Michael M. Smith, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Tax Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Atlanta, enables entrepreneurs and small to midsize companies to create revenue while minimizing tax consequences.

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    Mon, 9 Feb 2015

  2. BOEM announces proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced its proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017.

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2011

  3. FERC, ocean agency revise guide on Outer Continental Shelf hydrokinetics

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have issued revised guidelines for development of marine hydrokinetic projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf .

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    Mon, 23 Jul 2012

  4. BOEMRE to streamline offshore renewable energy development on Outer Continental Shelf

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will continue to push forward with a proposed rule that will eliminate a redundant step in the noncompetitive leasing process for commercial renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf .

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    Tue, 25 Jan 2011

  1. Senators want offshore drilling ban on outer continental shelf

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    Thu, 8 Oct 2015

  2. BSEE, USCG sign agreements to increase collaboration

    The BSEE and the US Coast Guard have signed agreements to improve regulatory collaboration related to operations on the US outer continental shelf .

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  3. BOEM extends decommissioning requirements rule deadline

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended a deadline to implement more stringent financial assurance and risk management requirements related to decommissioning procedures.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  4. Deepwater Wind pitches 120 MW Maryland offshore wind project

    Developer says its experience with Block Island project a big help

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  5. DOI cuts most Alaska tracts in latest 2017-22 OCS leasing-plan move

    The US Department of the Interior released a proposed final program (PFP) for the 2017-22 US Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing that removed all tracts offshore Alaska. National oil and gas associations, other business organizations, and members of Alaska’s government immediately ...

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  6. Coastal governors form Outer Continental Shelf coalition

    Governors from four key coastal US states said Monday, May 2, they are forming the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, a group whose goal will be to promote a constructive dialogue between the federal government and states when it comes to the responsible development of energy ...

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    Mon, 2 May 2011

  7. BSEE, BOEM issue Southern California OCS well-stimulation analysis

    A comprehensive environmental analysis of 23 offshore oil and gas platforms operating on the US Outer Continental Shelf off Southern California found no significant impact from the use of well stimulation treatments there, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Bureau of ...

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    Fri, 27 May 2016

  8. BSEE, BOEM assess well stimulation treatments offshore California

    The BSEE and BOEM have completed a comprehensive environmental analysis evaluating the potential impacts from the use of well stimulation treatments on the 23 oil and gas platforms currently in operation on the outer continental shelf offshore California.

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    Fri, 27 May 2016

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