gives the Secretary of the Interior responsibility for the mineral exploration and development of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA
)" or whether maritime law
coverage through OCSLA
in Pacific Operators Offshore v.
Under section 8(p)(1) of the OCSLA
, BOEM may only grant leases for
This would enable him to sue his employer and the vessel owner for damages associated with his injuries and allow his attorney to receive 40% of the judgement plus fees as opposed to an award of just fees under OCSLA
. The plaintiff said he had been working on a jack-up rig and filed suit under the Jones Act.
To do this, it passed the OCSLA
Amendments, which included a new leasing process, essentially the process in effect today.
Leasing and exploration of offshore oil and gas is controlled by the OCSLA
. In addition to codifying federal control (101) over the Outer Continental Shelf ("OCS"), (102) the OCSLA
also lays out a number of requirements for the Department of the Interior ("DOI").
Examples of this kind of approach include the licensing processes for hydroelectric facilities under the Federal Power Act, (192) nuclear power plants under the Atomic Energy Act, (193) liquefied natural gas terminals under both the Natural Gas Act (194) and the Deepwater Ports Act, (195) surface mining of coal under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), (196) and offshore oil and gas production under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA
Higginbotham, (65) as well as his further call to use Louisiana law to supplement the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act ("OCSLA
") and DOHSA in Offshore Logistics, Inc.
(58) The requirements are imposed by a number of acts, most importantly the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA
), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
There has been some recent litigation over how NEPA applies to the OCSLA
. In Ctr.
Among the bodies of law which might apply are (1) maritime law, (2) the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act ("OCSLA
") (7), and (3) state law.