Mitigation/Program Tracking Table

This tracking table has been developed to provide increased visibility into the consideration of certain suggestions and concerns provided to BOEM by the public at each stage of the leasing process. This table will track the lineage and treatment of these suggestions and concerns from the Five Year Program stage to the lease sale stage and on to the post-lease and plan approval stages. It provides a tool for the public to see how and at what stage of the leasing process their suggestions and concerns are being considered.

In order to highlight the suggestions and concerns most relevant to Program decisions, this tracking table does not track all suggestions and concerns but rather those that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • An alternative to the proposed action under consideration can be formed from the suggestion
  • Is controversial or high profile in nature
  • Has the potential to be a regional-level mitigation strategy
  • Involves uncertain effects

copper nickel sheathingFor simplicity, suggestions and concerns have been aggregated and organized both topically and geographically. Relevant suggestions and concerns are being received and considered throughout all stages of the OCS oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development process. The leasing stages include:

  1. National 5-year Program Stage
  2. Regional Multisale Stage
  3. Specific Lease Sale Stage
  4. Exploration Plan Stage
  5. Development and Production Plan Stage

Alternatives, Deferrals, Mitigations, and Other Areal Concerns Suggested From Public Involvement Opportunities
2012-2017 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
(Last Updated September 24, 2013)

ID

Suggestion/Area of Interest/Area of Concern

Stage(s)
Received

Stage(s) Considered and/or to be
Considered

Status

OCS Program-Wide

1.

Include more areas of the OCS, particularly those areas included in the 2009 Draft Proposed Program

5-year, GOM Multi-sale, Lease Sale

5-year, GOM Multisale

As other areas were not included at either the Draft Proposed and/or Proposed Program, they may not be considered in later stages.  All OCS areas will be considered in preparation of the next program.

2.

Delay drilling activities until more safety and environmental information is known with regards to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill causes and effects.

5-year, GOM Multi-Sale, Lease Sale

5-year, GOM Multi-sale, Lease Sale

Considered and analyzed as the no sale/no action alternative at the lease sale stage.

Atlantic

3.

Include the Mid- and South Atlantic, particularly the area offshore Virginia

5-year

5-year

These areas were not included in the Proposed Program therefore are not available for inclusion in the Proposed Final Program.  An EIS evaluating seismic activity in the Mid- and South Atlantic should be complete by early 2013.  Seismic work may commence later in 2013 to provide valuable resource information for consideration in the next 5-year program.

Gulf of Mexico 

Gulf of Mexico-Wide

4.

Exclude deep water

5-year and GOM Multisale

5-year and GOM Multisale

Being evaluated in the EPA Multisale EIS

5.

Delay leasing until drilling safety is improved

5-year and GOM Multisale

5-year and GOM Multisale, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail

6.

Gulf of Mexico baseline

5-year, GOM Multisale, Lease Sale

5-year and GOM Multisale, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail

7.

Identify and protect sensitive ecosystems

5-year and GOM Multisale, Lease Sale

5-year and GOM Multisale, Lease Sale

Considered in the 5-year but not analyzed in detail.  Analyzed in the Multisale as excluding unleased blocks near topographic features in the WPA/CPA.

8.

Defer any area within the military training range

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Under consideration in ongoing lease-sale decisions

9.

Archeological Resources in and around lease areas

Lease Sale

Lease Sale, post-lease decisions

Under consideration in ongoing lease-sale decisions

Central and Eastern Planning Areas

10.

Do not allow drilling in areas with strong ocean currents such as the Loop current

5-year and GOM Multisale

5-year and GOM Multisale

Considered but not analyzed in detail

11.

OCS oil and gas activities affecting the Mississippi Barrier Islands

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Impacts analyzed, no deferral analyzed. See EIS at: BOEM 2013-0118

12.

OCS oil and gas activities affecting the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Impacts analyzed, no deferral analyzed. See EIS at: BOEM 2013-0118

13.

OCS oil and gas activities affecting Baldwin County, Alabama coastline

5-year, GOM Multisale, Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Lease stipulation being considered for LS 231. See EIS at: BOEM 2013-0118

14.

OCS oil and gas activities affecting Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Impacts analyzed, no deferral analyzed. See EIS at: BOEM 2013-0118

15.

12-mile buffer off of Mississippi’s coast

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail. See EIS at: BOEM 2013-0118

Eastern Planning Area

16.

Include more of the Eastern Planning area for leasing consideration

5-year, Lease Sale

5-year

This is not a viable suggestion because it is out of scope of the 2012-2017 Program.

17.

Require acoustic-related mitigations to reduce impacts to marine mammals and other species

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Under consideration in ongoing lease-sale decisions.

18.

Sales should be postponed until better scientific information is available concerning the impact the DWH Event has had on the EPA.

Lease Sale

Lease Sale

Considered and analyzed as the no sale/no action alternative at the lease sale stage.

Alaska 

Alaska-Wide

19.

Ecologically and culturally important areas

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

20.

Important subsistence and biological areas

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered and partially addressed in 5-year.  Will be analyzed further and considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

21.

Create buffers around sensitive areas and resources

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered and partially addressed in 5-year.  Will be analyzed further and considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

22.

Protect areas upstream and downstream of important ecological areas

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

23.

 Areas that will protect both bowhead whales and subsistence communities

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered and partially addressed in 5-year.  Will be analyzed further and considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

24.

Seasonal restrictions in subsistence areas

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale, Exploration Plan

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

25.

Restrictions during migratory, breeding, and birthing periods

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale, Exploration Plan

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

26.

Delay leasing until adequate spill control and response available

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered and partially addressed in 5-year.  Will be analyzed further and considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

Chukchi Sea Planning Area

27.

Hanna Shoal

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  A BOEM study of this area is expected to start in 2013. Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

28.

Herald Shoal

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

29.

Areas offshore of Point Barrow

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Area around Point Barrow was deferred at the Proposed Final Five-Year Program stage.

30.

Chukchi Ice lead system

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Chukchi Sea Program Area excludes 25 mi buffer area along the Chukchi coast and therefore removes a portion of the lead system from consideration for leasing. Remaining portion of the lead system will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

31.

Barrow Canyon

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Chukchi Sea Program Area excludes 25 mi buffer area along the Chukchi coast and a larger area around Barrow, thereby excluding Barrow Canyon from the area considered for leasing.

32.

Buffers  around boulder areas such as Kasegaluk Lagoon, Peard Bay, near Skull Cliffs, 25 km (16 mi) southwest of Wainwright

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Proposed action excludes 25 mi buffer area along the Chukchi coast and therefore buffers these coastal features.

33.

During Bowhead whale migration

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

Beaufort Sea Planning Area

34.

Barrow Canyon

5-year

5-year,Lease Sale, Exploration Plan

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

35.

In Camden Bay during Nuiqsit and Kaktovik bowhead hunts

5-year

5-year,Lease Sale, Exploration Plan

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

36.

Within 24-97 km (15-60 mi) of the coast

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

37.

32 km (20 mi) to east of Cross Island

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

38.

Areas offshore of Cross island

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

39.

All Beaufort Sea areas essential for the success of subsistence whaling

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

40.

Areas offshore of Boulder Patch

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

41.

Areas offshore of Camden Bay

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

42.

Along coast of the Arctic Refuge and Teshekpuk Lake (Beaufort)

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.

43.

During bowhead migration and Nuiqsut whaling

5-year

5-year, Lease Sale, Exploration Plan

Considered but not analyzed in detail in 5-year.  Will be considered in greater detail at subsequent stages.