BOEM’s Science Advisory Committee to Review Ocean Research Plans

05-08-2014

Contact:Marjorie Weisskohl
703-787-1304

Studies Inform Future Energy Decisions on Outer Continental Shelf

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold the next meeting of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee on May 13-15, 2014, in Reston, Virginia.

The committee is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to advise the Secretary of the Interior, through the BOEM Director, on the scientific quality and value of BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program for the purpose of informing decisions on managing offshore energy and mineral resources. BOEM is a leading contributor to the growing body of scientific knowledge about the nation’s marine and coastal environment, covering physical, biological and social sciences.

The agenda will include remarks by BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, after which Chief Environmental Officer William Y. Brown will address the committee on issues and challenges BOEM is facing and present recent accomplishments. BOEM headquarters and regional Environmental Studies Program studies chiefs will update the committee regarding pertinent OCS activities and discuss proposed studies plans for fiscal years 2015-2017 to address the Bureau’s most pressing scientific information needs.

Scientific Committee membership consists of approximately 15 non-Federal voting members with the scientific competence, reputation within their field of expertise, and ability to represent important elements of BOEM’s research and science information efforts. The committee also includes two Federal ex-officio nonvoting members.

WHO:
BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank
BOEM Chief Environmental Officer William Y. Brown
BOEM Division of Environmental Sciences Chief Rodney Cluck
BOEM Regional Studies Chiefs and
Members of the OCS Scientific Committee
WHAT: Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee Annual Meeting
WHEN:
May 13, 9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
May 14, 8:30 a.m.-5:40 p.m.
May 15, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (including a public comment period from 3:20-3:50 p.m.)
WHERE:
Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va., 20191
WHY:
To review issues and challenges facing BOEM, recent BOEM accomplishments, and
proposed study plans for fiscal years 2015-2017.

Additional information about the OCS Scientific Committee is available at http://www.boem.gov/Outer-Continental-Shelf-Scientific-Committee/.

Information about BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program, established in 1973, is available at: http://www.boem.gov/studies/.

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promotes economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through responsible, science-based management of offshore conventional and renewable energy resources.