BOEM prepares National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act reports; provides oversight, policy guidance, and direction for NEPA and other environmental laws and regulations affecting OCS activities; and participates in international conventions and treaty activities.
- BOEM and NEPA
- Environmental Sensitivity and Productivity Analysis - The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) requires examination of environmental sensitivity and marine productivity in potential lease areas for the National OCS Program. Environmental sensitivity and marine productivity are two of the prime considerations in the Secretary of the Interior's decision about size, timing, and location of future lease sales.
- Environmental Documents
Environmental Statutes and Executive Orders
The Bureau must comply with numerous environmental statutes, regulations, and executive orders to carry out its mission.
- International Agreements - The BEA advises senior managers and other agencies of the possible implications for BOEM in regards to several international agreements that include provisions addressing environmental issues. For example, we provide technical expertise on the international convention concerning the effects on offshore oil and gas activities to control air pollution from ships and offshore platforms. Our staff participates on national and international teams dealing with agreements for the disposal at sea of oil and gas platforms. We also provide advice on environmental issues associated with agreements between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada regarding the assessment of impacts that cross international maritime borders.