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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Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Studies Program Fact Sheet — BOEM funds ocean research through the Environmental Studies Program to provide science in support of management decisions. The fact sheet describes the breadth of research that extends from microscopic and deep-sea coral communities to atmospheric science and ocean currents.

Environmental Studies since Deepwater Horizon — Reforms within BOEM since Deepwater Horizon are designed to provide environmental safeguards based on the best available science. This fact sheet contains summaries of some of the research either completed or in progress related to the 2010 spill.

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.

Minimizing Impacts of Human-generated Sound on Marine Life - Through research and environmental reviews, BOEM plays a key role in improving the overall scientific understanding of the potential effects of anthropogenic, or human-generated, sound on marine life. This fact sheet describes BOEM’s adaptive management approach to developing and applying science for decisions on sound.

Selected Sound-Related Studies Funded and Co-Funded by BOEM - Since 1998, BOEM has invested more than $50 million on protected species and sound-related research, including marine mammals. This fact sheet links to a select group of sound-related studies funded or co-funded by BOEM.

 
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Marine Minerals Program

Overview Fact Sheet for the MMP — 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.

Hurricane Sandy Fact Sheet — BOEM was called upon along with partners at all levels of government to help restore coastlines and communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Atlantic Sand Assessment Project — To help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and promote resilient coastal systems, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is sponsoring an offshore survey to identify new sources of sand in federal waters from Miami, Florida to Maine in 2015 and several site specific surveys in 2016. BOEM initiated the idea for the geological and geophysical research, known as the Atlantic Sand Assessment Project (ASAP), following Hurricane Sandy in order to identify and assess new potential sand resources which might be needed in the future.

 
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Oil and Gas Energy

Oil Spill Risk in the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf — The 75-percent figure: What does it mean?

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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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 launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. This fact sheet describes the restructuring to provide independent regulatory agencies with clear missions and additional resources to safely and responsibly carry out their work while keeping pace with a rapidly evolving industry.

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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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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