BOEM Finalizes Revisions to Bid Adequacy Procedures for Oil & Gas Lease Sales

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released final revisions to its bid adequacy procedures in the Federal Register. These procedures ensure the American taxpayer receives fair market value from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales. BOEM intends to begin using the revised procedures to evaluate lease sale bids received as part of the 2024-2029 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. 

The revisions:   

  • Update BOEM’s methodology for measuring adequacy of bids for OCS oil and gas lease sales to enhance clarity and transparency. 
  • Discontinue the use of tract classification, which has had minimal impact on the procedural analysis of fair market value.  
  • Include other, minor changes to clarify and streamline processes. 

On January 19, 2023, BOEM published its proposed revisions in the Federal Register and received over 15,500 public comments. In response to comments, BOEM published an addendum, which provided the public with additional information related to its updated methodology.  

More information is available here: 

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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.