2019 Beaufort Sea OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Beaufort Call Map

The 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (DPP) provides for three OCS Oil & Gas lease sales in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea: One each in 2019, 2021 and 2023. These lease sales have not yet received numerical designations.

The 2019-2024 DPP has not yet been approved, and a sale cannot take place unless the program in which it was proposed has been approved. But a great deal of advance planning is required to conduct a lease sale.The fact that BOEM staff have initiated planning for these potential lease sales does not mean a decision has been made as to whether or not to hold these sales.

The 2019-2024 National OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program is expected to be finalized in 2019. The proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea lease sale, if kept on the schedule, would be held later in 2019.

CHRONOLOGY

2018
May 10

Extension of comment period to May 30, 2018, is published in the Federal Register. To comment, go to: regulations.gov

May 09

Extension of comment period to May 30, 2018, is published to the Federal Register's Reading Room.

Apr 25

BOEM extends by 30 days the deadline for commenting on the Call for Information and Nominations referenced in the March 28, 2018 entry below. Comments will now be received until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 30.

Mar 30

The Beaufort Sea 2019 Call for Information and Nominations is published in the Federal Register (see March 28 entry, below). This publication initiates a 30-day public comment period ending 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 30, 2018 [EDIT: Wednesday, May 30]. To comment, go to: regulations.gov

Mar 29

The Beaufort Sea 2019 Call for Information and Nominations (referenced in the March 28 entry below) appears in the Federal Register's Reading Room.

Mar 28

BOEM announces that it will issue a Call for Information and Nominations relating to a proposed 2019 oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area, as included in the 2019-2024 National Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program that BOEM published Jan. 4, 2018. The purpose of the Call is to solicit industry nominations for areas of leasing interest and to gather comments and information on the area included in the Call for consideration in planning future OCS oil and gas lease sales.

The Call will appear in the Federal Register's Reading Room on Thursday, March 29, and in the Federal Register itself on Friday, March 30. The publication of the Call in the Federal Register will initiate a 30-day public comment period lasting from March 30, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 30, 2018 [EDIT: On April 25, BOEM announced that this deadline would be extended to Wednesday, May 30, 2018].