2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
As required by the OCS Lands Act, a new program—to cover the years 2017-2022—is under development. The first step in the development process, a Request for Information (RFI), was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2014.
On January 27, 2015, Secretary Jewell announced the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for a 2017-2022 program. The DPP includes eight planning areas—three in the Gulf of Mexico, two in the Atlantic, and three in Alaska—and nearly 80% of estimated undiscovered technically available oil and gas resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The DPP schedules 14 potential lease sales in those areas for the 2017–2022 period in eight program areas – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, one in the Atlantic (which would cover portions of two planning areas) and three off the coast of Alaska.
Decision Document and Federal Register Notice
Lease Sale Schedule and Maps
The development of the 2017-2022 program triggers the need for an environmental analysis pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program on January 29th, 2015.
The development of the oil and gas program and the environmental analysis process occur simultaneously and in close coordination:
The release of the NOI began the formal scoping process through which BOEM solicited input from the public on the scope of the PEIS – i.e., what issues may be important enough to be analyzed and which may be eliminated from analysis. This process and associated comment period are distinct from the comment process for the DPP. BOEM received thousands of comments in response to the NOI and will analyze and address the comments as appropriate as we develop the PEIS. The Draft PEIS is scheduled to be released for public comment in 2016. It will provide an analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the 2017-2022 Draft Proposed Programs, alternatives to the proposed action, and will outline proposed mitigation measures or other environmental protections where appropriate.