Offshore Natural Gas and Oil - Public Comments to BOEM

Today, 94 percent of federal offshore acreage is off-limits to oil and natural gas development.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to change that.

On January 4, 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a “2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program” (380 pages) that opens areas in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for leasing.  Opening these areas would undoubtedly strengthen America’s role as a global energy superpower and bolster our national security. 

BOEM is requesting public comments about their proposal to open offshore to energy development beteween now and March 9, 2018.

We are asking veterans to submit a personalized public comment to BOEM in favor of their propsoal of opening offshore development of energy.

 

Submit Your Public Comment Online Right Now (see how to send public comment via mail here).  Then let us know you commented.

 

How Offshore Energy Development Benefits Americans

  • Energy and National Security.  Americans will still need oil and natural gas for decades to come, and our offshore reserves can supply us this energy. More domestic energy further reduces our reliance on unfriendly or unstable nations and keeping military personnel from battling conflicts to protect energy interests. 
  • American Jobs. New jobs across the nation and supply chain (e.g., construction, manufacturing, IT, services) can be added – jobs that typically pay nearly $50,000 higher than the U.S. average. 
  • Revenue for Communities.  Economic activity and increased government revenues benefit local schools, roads and other much-needed services. 

Offshore Development Can be Done Safely

Delivering offshore energy to the American people is safer than ever.   Advanced technology, safety standards, best practices, and regulations protect coastal communities.  Since 2010, more than 100 standards were created or strengthened, including for safety and environmental management, well design, blowout prevention, and spill response. Additionally, the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) is an industry-led organization focused on continually improving offshore safety.

Department of Defence (DoD) and Industry Have a Long History of Cooperation with Offshore Energy Development 

The oil and natural gas industry has a long history of working with DoD to ensure offshore development is compatible with military readiness activities. Ninety percent of potential areas in the Atlantic identified for development are areas with which DoD is willing to work with industry.

We Must Start Now - Offshore energy development can take as long as 10 years

The process begins with comprehensive analyses and numerous government regulatory reviews, so we must start adding new leases as a critical first step.  And we must also begin seismic surveying in the Atlantic so we can update decades-old data to aid in offshore exploration and development.

See more about the BOEM Program.