If this seems all too familiar, well … it should.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is working under the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, otherwise known as the 2017-2022 National OCS Program, for offshore oil and gas development, which was approved in 2016.
The Obama administration ultimately took Atlantic offshore waters off the table in that plan, citing potential conflicts with other ocean uses, including military and commercial interests, and opposition from many coastal communities. But President Trump signed an executive order in April 2017 and set forth to develop a new National OCS Program for 2019-2024 that, if approved, will supersede the 2017-2022 program.
The 2019-2024 Draft Proposed Program, was released on Jan. 4. Comments on the DPP or its environmental impact statement should be submitted by March 9. Comments can be submitted online, mailed or hand delivered.
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