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  1. Alaska’s delegation asks Obama not to take a parting OCS policy shot

    Alaska’s three-member congressional delegation—US Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young—reiterated their strong opposition to US President Barack Obama’s possibly withdrawing more of the state’s offshore acreage from future oil and gas leasing under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The three Republican federal lawmakers encouraged the president in a Dec. 8 letter to act in accordance with the law’s intent by recognizing that OCSLA already ensures responsible development, honoring deeply held promises the federal government made to Alaskans under the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), and support Arctic development instead. “President Obama has canceled lease sales, made permits all but impossible to acquire, and excluded Arctic basins from the next offshore leasing plan. That’s more than enough damage for one administration,” said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sullivan, meanwhile, said, “After the recent election, the president needs to listen to the American people and stop kowtowing to extreme environmental activists at the expense of America’s economic and energy security and good paying jobs for tens of thousands across the country.” The delegation said it believes withdrawing acreage within the Arctic OCS using Section 12(a) is unwarranted and unnecessary. It said that Alaska’s governor, the leadership of the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs, the majority of the tribal leadership representing Alaska Natives who live in the Arctic, a supermajority of the state legislature, and an overwhelming majority of Alaskans support responsible development, rather than withdrawals, within these areas. “At a time when Alaskan families and businesses are asking for economic certainty, this administration continues to throw up roadblocks and red tape in the hopes of solidifying its legacy with some of the most extreme environmental groups,” said Young. “Rest assured, we will take the steps necessary to pave the path for an energy policy and plan that truly allows Alaska and the nation to develop its robust natural resource potential.” They sent their letter to Obama weeks after the US Department of the Interior released a proposed final program for the 2017-22 US Outer Continental Shelf management plan that deleted previously scheduled oil and gas lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska’s coast ( OGJ Online, Nov. 21, 2016 ). Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. Two OCS planning areas withdrawn off Alaska

    US President Barack Obama has withdrawn 40,300 sq miles of the Outer Continental Shelf off western Alaska from oil and gas leasing.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  3. 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

  4. Industry responds to final five-year OCS leasing program

    US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper have released the proposed final 2017-2022 outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program.

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    Fri, 18 Nov 2016

  1. U.S. Chamber’s Harbert Reacts to Obama Administration Proposal to Limit Offshore Energy Exploration

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  2. Proposed outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program

    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 ...

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    Mon, 9 Feb 2015

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Senators want offshore drilling ban on outer continental shelf

    A group of Democratic senators on Wednesday proposed permanently banning offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf off California, Oregon and Washington.

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    Thu, 8 Oct 2015

  7. Don’t rush to regulate, API officials urge Obama administration

    Federal agencies that regulate oil and gas activity should not rush to impose new requirements before the Obama administration leaves office, two American Petroleum Institute officials said one week before the Nov. 8 elections.

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

  8. Keep Alaska, Gulf of Mexico sales in next 5-year OCS plan, groups say

    Oil and gas lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, the central and western Gulf of Mexico, and parts of the eastern gulf should remain in the 2017-22 US Outer Continental Shelf management plan, three national groups representing businesses, manufacturers, and energy consumers jointly said in ...

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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