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Integrating Science, Policy, and Decision Making

BOEM’s environmental program ensures that environmental protection is a foremost concern and an indispensable consideration in BOEM's decision-making. BOEM uses science and law to inform our environmental analyses, conduct consultations, and design critical studies.

The environmental program covers the three major areas that BOEM regulates on the outer continental shelf: oil and gas, renewable energy, and non-energy minerals such as sand and gravel or hard minerals. The headquarters’ Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) develops national policy, provides guidance, and coordinates with regional activities.