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Pacific Oil and Gas Decommissioning Activities

Programmatic EIS

Welcome to the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Decommissioning Activities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Webpage

On July 23, 2021, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The NOI initiates a 45-day comment period to gather input on the scope of the PEIS and identify potentially relevant information, studies, and analyses to inform future decommissioning application decisions for offshore oil and gas platforms and associated infrastructure off the Southern California coast. At the request of several stakeholders, the comment period was re-opened to accept input through October 15, 2021.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assisting BSEE in the preparation of the environmental analysis and will maintain information about the PEIS on this website but has no role in approving decommissioning that requires analysis. Click map on the right to enlarge.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assisting BSEE in the preparation of the environmental analysis and will maintain information about the PEIS on this website but has no role in approving decommissioning that requires analysis.

Federal Register Notice - Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Decommissioning of Oil and Gas Platforms off Southern California

Summary of Public CommentsNovember 2021

News Release - BSEE Publishes Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Regarding Pacific Decommissioning

Background
Lessees and owners of operating rights must decommission their facilities, pipelines and other equipment or obstructions, in accordance with the governing regulations and lease conditions. There are currently 23 oil and gas platforms off the Southern California coast, installed between the late 1960s and 1990, and all are subject to eventual decommissioning.

Pacific Decommissioning PEIS Schedule

Document

To Public

Public Draft PEIS

July 2022

Public Comment Period (45 days)

July 2022

Public Final PEIS

Early 2023

Decision Document

(potential ROD)

First Quarter 2023