BOEM Public Meetings on Oil and Gas Leasing Program Being Rescheduled to Accommodate Increased Stakeholder Participation

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding meetings to seek public input on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes potential impacts of oil and gas activities that could result from lease sales scheduled in the 2017-2022 Five Year Program for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing.

Public meetings provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the Five Year Program and the potential impacts of oil and gas leasing. Attendees can have one-on-one conversations with BOEM scientists, researchers and other staff to ask questions and share information. Attendees can also provide comments for the record at the meetings. Comments can also be submitted at

Due to significant public interest in the development of the Five Year Program, some meetings are being rescheduled in order to accommodate a larger anticipated number of attendees. The comment period on the Draft Programmatic EIS extends through May 2, 2016. A Federal Register notice announcing the rescheduled meetings will be available tomorrow.

The meetings are being rescheduled for:

  • New Orleans: April 18, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Location: DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport, 2150 Veterans Memorial, New Orleans, LA. Parking available at garage adjacent to hotel at a discounted rate. Validation tickets will be provided to guests upon request at the hotel's registration desk.
  • Houston: April 20, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Location: Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002. Parking will be validated at the hotel.
  • Washington D.C.: April 26, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Location: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Parking will be validated at the hotel.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause members of the public and hope the communities understand our desire to provide the best opportunities for people to participate in our process.