Managing Offshore Energy Development – The Federal Role

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At the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is tasked with managing development of domestic offshore energy and marine mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. BOEM manages a diverse portfolio including offshore renewable and oil and gas energy development.

The current administration has prioritized “energy dominance” and proposed opening most federal waters to offshore oil and gas leasing (a proposal currently on hold). At the same time, BOEM is overseeing the creation of a new offshore wind leasing program which has garnered significant enthusiasm. These priorities are juxtaposed with increasing state and regional commitments to use clean energy, secure jobs, and sustain natural environments for multiple uses. Additionally, BOEM must balance a range of stakeholders when preparing leasing plans and considering development applications; including but not limited to governors, Federal, state and local agencies, industry groups, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations and the and the general public.

Please join WCEE for an engaging discussion of the federal role in developing offshore energy projects and hear from federal program managers about how BOEM manages intensely competing priorities in its management of both new offshore wind energy projects and offshore domestic production of oil and gas.

**John Cossa, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond PC
**Kelly Hammerle, National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Manager, U.S. Department of the Interior
**Michelle Morin, Chief, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior

This event’s discussions are off the record.

Cost: $5 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)


Beveridge & Diamond PC
1350 "I" Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

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