BOEM Proposes Clarification in Leasing Rule, Seeks Public Comment

05-23-2016

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it is proposing clarifying language and making one correction to the Leasing rule published on March 30, 2016. The Leasing rule, which updates and streamlines the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas and sulfur leasing regulations, will become effective on May 31, 2016 (81 FR 18111).

Proposed Clarification

BOEM is proposing clarifying language regarding the use of the term “you” and its definition as it applies to the rule, and is seeking comments from the public on the clarifying language. To read the updated rule and the proposed clarifying language, visit www.boem.gov/Clarification/.

Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:/www.regulations.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments;
  • U.S. Postal Service or Other Mail Delivery Service: Address to Robert Sebastian, Office of Policy, Regulation and Analysis (OPRA), BOEM, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Mailstop DM5238, Washington, D.C. 20240; or
  • Hand delivery to Office of Policy, Regulation and Analysis, BOEM, Department of the Interior, at 1849 C Street, N.W., Room No. 5249, Washington, D.C. 20240.

The comment period will be open for 30 days upon publication in the Federal Register, after which BOEM will consider the comments and announce any additional changes or announce the Final Updated Rule.

Correction

BOEM is also making a correction to the rule. The rule published on March 30, 2016 inadvertently created a consequence for incorrect company disqualification. The correction is effective on May 31, 2016. Information on the correction can be found www.boem.gov/Correction/.

Questions about the correction or the proposed clarifying language can be addressed by Robert Sebastian, Office of Policy, Regulation and Analysis at (504) 736-2761 or email at robert.sebastian@boem.gov.

Connie Gillette
Deputy, Public Affairs
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
202.208.5387