Meanwhile, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, a sister agency to BOEM
within the Department of the Interior, is still working on finalizing new special drilling rules for the Arctic, but Shell need not wait until these are issued, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement officials have said.
266) After completing its five-year leasing plan, BOEM
decided to lease a large portion of the Chukchi Sea for offshore oil and gas development.
Separate and apart from the two independent bureaus BSEE and BOEM
, the Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee (Safety Committee) will advise the Director and the Secretary on a variety of issues related to offshore energy safety, including drilling and workplace safety, well intervention and containment, and oil spill response.
will conduct a rigorous evaluation of this DPP, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and honoring our responsibility to protect this critical ecosystem, our Arctic communities, and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska Natives, said BOEM
Director Abigail Ross Hopper.
As this is written, a positive development is that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) prepared by the BOEM
is on track to be published in February with a final Record of Decision on the SEIS due in March.
review time and gain efficiency," however, BOEM
allows a project
That the CEO of each operator seeking to perform deepwater drilling certify to BOEM
that the operator has complied with all regulations, including the new drilling safety rules.
Shell, which was awarded 275 Arctic OCS leases following the 2008 sale, submitted a draft revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan to BOEM
in August 2014.
In other words, given the well-documented public health, economic, national security, and environmental harms to the United States from carbon-fueled climate changes as summarized in Part HI, it is strategically imperative that all "practicable means" be utilized to expedite the carbonfree energy source development of the OCS by BOEM
in order to help best meet national energy, health, safety, and intergenerational environmental needs.
As part of President Obama s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM
) today announced it completed an important environmental review, allowing BOEM
to move forward with its process for considering a renewable energy lease sale offshore North Carolina.
CEA President David Holt remarked, "We urge the BOEM
to listen to the more than 128,000 consumers and 150 companies and organizations who have joined CEA in calling on the federal government to allow access to our resources.
All apparent high bids are subject to a review process by BOEM
before they can be awarded.