BOEM Fact Sheets

About BOEM
BOEM Fact Sheet — This fact sheet explains BOEM's organizational structure, missions and responsibilities of the new bureau.
Responsibilities Guide (BOEM & BSEE) — The Department of Interior created two new, independent agencies to carry out the offshore energy management and enforcement functions of the Department. This fact sheet outlines the detailed responsibilities of each bureau.
 
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Oil and Gas Energy
Exploration and Development Plan Approval and Plan Status Fact Sheet — Exploration and Development Plans both require the submittal of complex information and there are many reasons that an application may not be deemed submitted or require an amendment or modification after it is deemed submitted. This fact sheet reviews the approval process and plan status definitions.
Development Plan Flow Chart — BOEM has created a simplified flowchart outlining the approval process for a development plan, which involves reviews by BOEM and various federal and state agencies.
Exploration Plan Flow Chart— BOEM has created a simplified flowchart outlining the approval process for an exploration plan, which involves reviews by BOEM and various federal and state agencies.
Atlantic Geophysical and Geological Surveys Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement— BOEM, in cooperation with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has developed a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate potential environmental effects of proposed geological and geophysical (G&G) survey activities on the Mid- and South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Atlantic Geological and Geophysical and Surveys Record of Decision on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement — BOEM, in cooperation with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), released a final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in February 2014 that evaluated potential environmental effects of proposed geological and geophysical (G&G) survey activities on the Mid- and South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
 
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Renewable Energy
BOEM’s Renewable Energy Program — In 2009, President Barack Obama announced the final regulations for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy Program, which was authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). Since the regulations were enacted, BOEM has worked diligently to oversee responsible renewable energy development. This fact sheet provides an overview of BOEM’s recent milestones.
Overview of Renewable Energy on the Outer Continental Shelf — BOEM is responsible for offshore renewable energy development in Federal waters and anticipates future development on the OCS from three general sources: offshore wind, ocean wave, and ocean current energy.
The Renewable Energy Leasing Process — BOEM's renewable energy program occurs in four distinct phases: (1) planning and analysis, (2) lease issuance, (3) site assessment, and (4) construction and operations. This fact sheet discusses BOEM’s process for authorizing wind energy leases.
Atlantic Geological and Geophysical and Surveys Record of Decision on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement — BOEM, in cooperation with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), released a final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in February 2014 that evaluated potential environmental effects of proposed geological and geophysical (G&G) survey activities on the Mid- and South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
 
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Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Studies Program Fact Sheet — BOEM funds ocean research through the Environmental Studies Program to provide science in support of management decisions. A fact sheet is currently being developed that will outline the breadth of research that currently extends from deep-sea coral communities to following ocean surface currents.
Hurricane Sandy Response — BOEM was tapped along with partners at all levels of government to help restore coastlines and communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Marine Minerals Program — BOEM is tasked with managing the extraction of offshore minerals from America's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). While the largest component of this extraction is exploration and development of oil and gas resources, the bureau is also responsible for "non-energy minerals" (primarily sand and gravel) excavated from the ocean floor.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body — Importance of Our Oceans and Regional Planning - The ocean waters of the Mid-Atlantic provide a wealth of economic and environmental services to local communities, states, and the Nation. State and federally managed waters are used in many ways: commercial fishing, shipping, military exercises, energy, aquaculture, sand mining, habitat for wildlife, and recreation.
 
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Regulations and Guidance
Reforms Fact Sheet — In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of the Interior instituted the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. This fact sheet outlines the efforts to increase the safety of offshore energy exploration and development.
Reorganization Fact Sheet — The reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service was designed to remove the complex and sometimes conflicting missions of the agency by providing the two new bureaus with clear and focused missions and responsibilities. This fact sheet outlines the efforts that went into the reorganization, new reforms and the formation of BOEM and BSEE.
 
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