Environmental Assessment Program

5-Year Leasing Programs 

Environmental and Social Costs, Consumer Surplus Benefits, and Alternative Energy Analysis 

Estimates of environmental and social costs and consumer surplus benefits associated with offshore leasing are essential components of the judicially mandated cost-benefit analysis performed for the 5-Year Leasing Program. These estimates are calculated using complex economic models and up-to-date economic, social, and environmental information. Analysis of energy alternatives to offshore natural gas and oil has become an integral part of the 5-Year Leasing Program documentation. This analysis is performed in response to public comments and the advice of the Department of the Interior Solicitor.