BOEM’s Pacific Region is responsible for managing the development of conventional (oil and natural gas) and renewable energy resources (wind, wave, ocean current) and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in an environmentally and economically responsible way. The agency also manages the alternate use of existing oil and gas OCS facilities.
Pacific Region functions relative to these energy and mineral resources and uses include: lease management, plan administration, environmental science, environmental analysis, resource evaluation and economics.
The BOEM Pacific Region office is located in Camarillo, California.
The Office of the Regional Director
provides policy direction and management oversight for the performance
of the full spectrum of responsibilities of the bureau in the Pacific
Region, within the framework of applicable laws, regulations,
delegations, directives and other guidelines.
The Office of the Environment is
responsible for all aspects of the environmental program in the Region
involving oil, gas, marine minerals, offshore renewable energy and
alternate use of OCS facilities including planning and managing the
Regional Environmental Studies Program, conducting environmental reviews
and analyses and supporting the Bureau of Safety and Environmental
Enforcement (BSEE) as it ensures operators comply with environmental requirements and protection measures.
- The Environmental Sciences Section
is responsible for providing the information needed to predict, assess
and manage effects from offshore energy and marine mineral exploration,
development and production activities on human, marine and coastal
- The Environmental Analysis Section
is responsible for developing environmental documents under the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (e.g., Categorical Exclusion
Reviews, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements)
for proposed and ongoing OCS oil, gas and marine mineral activities,
offshore renewable energy projects and alternate use of OCS facilities.
The Section also coordinates environmental evaluation efforts with other
agencies, including consultations under the Endangered Species Act and
other environmental laws. In cooperation with BSEE, the Section ensures
compliance with mitigations adopted through the NEPA process as well as
The Office of Strategic Resources is
responsible for providing management of existing oil and gas leases
(including lease adjudication) and appropriate access to offshore energy
and marine mineral resources through the leasing program, plan
administration, resource evaluation, reserves estimation, geological and
geophysical data acquisition and release and mapping services. The
Office has the lead responsibility for the implementation of the
Bureau's Renewable Energy Program and support for the National Ocean
Policy and Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) on the west coast.
- The Lease Management Section
is responsible for providing energy and marine mineral lease
opportunities, coordinating the review and analysis of leasing proposals
(whether initiated by an applicant or by the bureau) and for
coordination and administration of plans associated with exploration,
development and production of energy and mineral resources on OCS
leases; geological, geophysical and reservoir engineering analysis and
evaluation of resources and reserves; managing the Financial
Accountability and Risk Management (FARM) Program; and managing leases,
- The Renewable Energy Section
is responsible for working closely with states regarding offshore
renewable energy development, coordinating BOEM state task forces
currently in Oregon and Hawaii and reviewing renewable energy activities
proposed offshore these states as well as California and Washington.
Regional planning is coordinated with the West Coast Governors Alliance
on Ocean Health and others to evaluate the potential benefits and
impacts of renewable ocean energy projects. The section also coordinates
and provides substantive support for CMSP.