BOEM Fact Sheets

About BOEM

BOEM Fact Sheet — This fact sheet explains BOEM's organizational structure, missions and responsibilities of the new bureau.

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Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship - Environmental stewardship is integral to BOEM’s mission to manage development of the Nation’s offshore resources: oil and gas, renewable energy, and marine minerals such as sand and gravel. This fact sheet describes the feedback loop by which environmental program's two core components -- environmental assessment and environmental science -- constantly engage with and inform each other.

Arctic Environmental Research Fact Sheet — BOEM's Environmental Studies Program currently manages more than 50 ongoing study projects in Alaska. They include disciplines such as protected and endangered species; physical oceanography; fate and effects of pollutants; wildlife biology; subsistence and traditional knowledge studies; and economic forecasting. This fact sheet describes six ongoing studies.

Environmental Studies Program Fact Sheet — BOEM funds ocean research through the Environmental Studies Program to provide science in support of management decisions. The fact sheet describes the breadth of research that extends from microscopic and deep-sea coral communities to atmospheric science and ocean currents.

Managing Impacts of Human-generated Noise on Marine Life - Through research and environmental reviews, BOEM plays a key role in improving the overall scientific understanding of the potential effects of anthropogenic, or human-generated, sound on marine life. This fact sheet describes BOEM’s adaptive management approach to developing and applying science for decisions on sound.

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Marine Minerals Program
Marine Minerals Program Studies - BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program is the sole federal program responsible for leasing access to non-energy resources (primarily sand and gravel) from the OCS, most often used in beach nourishment and coastal restoration projects. The bureau must ensure that the removal of any mineral resources is done in a safe and environmentally sound manner, and therefore invests in applied research to avoid or minimize environmental impacts. Other research evaluates offshore sand and gravel resources. MMP research funding comes from the Environmental Studies Program and the Office of Strategic Resources. 
Marine Minerals Information System (MMIS) — The MMIS offers a one-stop, state-of-the-art interactive tool that provides public access to data and information relevant to offshore sand and gravel mineral resources. These resources are vital for the construction of coastal protection and restoration projects. This award-winning tool allows users to download, visualize and explore more than 20 data layers covering more than 30 years of research.
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Oil and Gas Energy

Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Surveys — G&G surveys are conducted to: (1) obtain data for oil and gas (O&G) exploration and production, (2) aid in siting offshore (i.e., O&G, renewable energy) structures, and (3) locate marine mineral resources. More specifically, G&G surveys are necessary to make informed decisions about O&G resources, engineering decisions regarding the construction of offshore projects, and informed estimates regarding the composition and volume of sand and gravel resources.

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Renewable Energy

BOEM’s Renewable Energy Program — In 2009, Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the final regulations for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy Program, which was authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). Since the regulations were enacted, BOEM has worked diligently to oversee responsible renewable energy development. This fact sheet provides an overview of BOEM’s recent milestones.

The Renewable Energy Leasing Process — BOEM's renewable energy program occurs in four distinct phases: (1) planning and analysis, (2) lease issuance, (3) site assessment, and (4) construction and operations. This fact sheet discusses BOEM’s process for authorizing wind energy leases.

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