On April 28, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13795, outlining an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. As a key piece of this strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3350 directing BOEM to begin the process of developing the next Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program).
As outlined in the OCS Lands Act, a multi-step process that includes multiple decision points and opportunities for public input is required.
The first step in the development process, a Request for Information (RFI), was published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2017, with a 45-day comment period that closed on August 17, 2017. The first of three proposals, the Draft Proposed Program, was released on January 4, 2018, with a 60-day comment period that ended on March 9, 2018. Comments can be viewed online at Regulations.gov. For detailed information hover over the following timeline image:
Request for Information (RFI), published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2017. Comment 45
45-day comment period for the RFI closed on August 17, 2017. Draft Proposed
The Draft Proposed Program and Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement was published on January 8, 2018. Comment 60
60-day comment period for the DPP and Notice of Intent (NOI) for Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement closed March 9, 2018. Comments can be viewed at regulations.gov.
Regional Maps and Lease Sale Schedule
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the next National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program
The implementation of the next Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program could potentially have impacts on the biological, physical, and/or human environment. To evaluate these possible impacts, BOEM is preparing an environmental analysis following the process prescribed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).