2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program

As required by the OCS Lands Act, a new, 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program is under development. BOEM published a Request for Information (RFI), the first step in the development process, in the Federal Register on June 16, 2014.

BOEM is requesting information and comments from States, local and tribal governments, Native American and Native Alaskan organizations, Federal agencies, environmental and fish and wildlife organizations, the oil and gas industry, non-energy industries, other interested organizations and entities, and the general public, for use in the preparation of the 2017-2022 Program. BOEM is seeking a wide array of information including, but not limited to, information associated with the economic, social, and environmental values of all OCS resources, as well as the potential impact of oil and gas exploration and development on other resource values of the OCS and the marine, coastal and human environments.

In order to make informed program decisions during the development of the 2017-2022 Program, BOEM will prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Click here for a detailed diagram of BOEM’s leasing process, including how it dovetails with the NEPA process and notation of all formal public input opportunities.

Direct link to RFI Federal Register Notice

How to Submit Comments on the RFI:


To Comment Electronically (preferred method)

  1. Click here to open Regulations.Gov Docket ID BOEM-2014-0059-0001.
  2. Click the blue 'Comment Now' button to submit your comments.

Via BOEM'S Comment Docket

  1. You may reach our comment docket via boem.gov by visiting: http://www.boem.gov/Submitting-Comments/.
  2. Click on the “Open Comment Documents” link and follow instructions to view relevant documents and submit comments.

Alternatively, you may submit comments to the physical address below:

Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Five Year Program Manager
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
381 Elden Street - HM-3120
Herndon, Virginia 20170
Phone number: 703-787-1613

Commenter Privacy

An individual commenter may ask that we withhold their name, home address, or both from the public record, and we will honor such a request to the extent allowable by law. If you submit comments and wish us to withhold such information, you must state so prominently at the beginning of your submission. We will not consider anonymous comments.

Regions of the Outer Continental Shelf

Map of Outer Continental Shelf Lower 48 States Planning Areas with Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area Congressional Moratorium which expires June 2022.

Map of Outer Continental Shelf Alaska Planning Areas with North Aleutian Basin Planning Area Withdrawal which expires in July 2017.