BOEM Announces Opportunity for Providing Oral Testimony on the 2023-2028 Proposed Program and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Release Date

On July 1, 2022, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the availability of the Proposed Program for the 2023-2028 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, as well as the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) for the 2023-2028 Program.

Input from the public and from ocean users is critical to the process of developing our National OCS Oil and Gas leasing program.

In addition to the four live virtual open house meetings being held, BOEM has also scheduled a virtual opportunity for people to submit oral testimony. Oral comments will be captured by a court reporter for the public record. Each participant will have up to three minutes to provide their oral comments. That session will be held:

  • Monday, Sep 12, 5:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

If you would like to provide oral testimony, registration is strongly recommended. Go to:

Official comments can also be provided via and directions for how to submit comments and how to register for public meetings can be found at: (See the How to Comment” and “Virtual Meeting Room” tabs.)

BOEM announced the four live, virtual open house meetings being held:

  • Tuesday, Aug 23, 4:00 – 7:00 pm EDT
  • Thursday, Aug 25, 5: 00 – 8:00 pm EDT
  • Monday, Aug 29, 7:00 – 10:00 pm EDT
  • Wednesday, Aug 31, 8:00 – 11:00 pm EDT

These meetings will serve as opportunities for the public to engage directly with BOEM subject matter experts to learn more about the National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program development process, analysis, and next steps.

For information on the 2023-2028 Proposed Program and Draft PEIS, please visit BOEM’s website.

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The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for America’s offshore energy and mineral resources. The bureau promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.