Exploring for OCS Marine Minerals

 

Sand or Sediment Exploration*

Prospecting for Marine Minerals

Scientific Research*

Definition

Search for OCS sand, gravel, and sediment for potential use in qualified beach nourishment, coastal restoration, or construction projects.

Commercial search for marine mineral resources, including geological and geophysical marine and airborne surveys and any drilling.

Investigating marine minerals for academic or scientific research purposes.

Data must be made available to the public for inspection and reproduction at the earliest practical time.

Data is proprietary and subject to disclosure requirements.

Data must be made available to the public for inspection and reproduction at the earliest practical time.

Requirement

Authorization
(OCSLA Section 11)

Permit
(30 CFR 580)

Scientific Research Notice
(30 CFR 580)

Processing Fee

No

Yes

No

Application Form BOEM-0134

*Federal agencies, or contractors working under a federal contract, are exempt. In such instances, BOEM would appreciate courtesy notification prior to and after exploration activities, as we may wish to supplement your proposed effort or acquire any geophysical or geological data collected.

Need to Apply?
To start your application, please contact the Marine Minerals Division at marineminerals@boem.gov. Submit final applications to the following offices:

Exploration on the OCS off the Atlantic Coast:
Chief of the Marine Mineral Division, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20166

Exploration on the OCS in the Gulf of Mexico:
Regional Supervisor for Resource Evaluation, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Regional Office, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394

Exploration on the OCS off the States of California, Oregon, Washington, or Hawaii:
Regional Supervisor, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Pacific OCS Regional Office, 760 Paseo Camarillo Suite #102 Camarillo, California 93010-6092

Exploration on the OCS off the State of Alaska:
Regional Supervisor for Resource Evaluation, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska OCS Regional Office, 3801 Centerpoint Drive Suite #500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5823

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