2023-2028 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Thank you for your interest in commenting on the 2023-2028 five-year program. As an energy worker, your voice is important.
Please click HERE to comment. Comments must be submitted by October 6, 2022.
Should you need language, feel free to use the form letter, or a personalized derivation, below:
“It is important to me to have American energy policy that is grounded in reality. The administration should support policies that allow for safe, affordable, and reliable supplies of all forms of energy, including lower carbon offshore oil and natural gas, and encourage the continued investment of technologies that help in decarbonization efforts. This means the next offshore oil and gas leasing program should be finalized as quickly as possible and include reasonable and reliable lease sales.
- With a 5-year offshore leasing program, the Gulf of Mexico is projected to produce an average of 2.6 million barrels per day of oil and natural gas from 2022 – 2040. A delay in the program could mean nearly 500,000 barrels per day less over that time period.
- 370,000 American jobs are supported by Gulf of Mexico offshore production. Nearly 60,000 of those could be lost without a 5-year offshore leasing program. Direct jobs supporting the offshore oil and gas industry pay on average $69,650. That’s 29% higher than the national average salary.
- On average, $1.5 billion per year in government revenue could be lost with reduced offshore production. That’s revenue that is used for public education, infrastructure, conservation projects, coastal restoration, hurricane protection programs, and many other critical programs.
- The U.S. offshore already produces among the lowest carbon barrels of the oil-producing regions. Limiting U.S. production would hurt global GHG emissions progress. Furthermore, the world would lose a source of lower carbon energy transition progress with reduced activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The diverse ecosystem of companies that team up to produce low-carbon barrels of oil from the Gulf of Mexico is innovating incredible solutions for addressing the climate challenge.
We cannot flip a switch on our energy sources; a reality-based energy policy acknowledges the lengthy transition required to ensure the continued availability of affordable energy supplies and the need to mitigate against the dire consequences of an energy crisis grounded in constant price shocks and high-cost energy.
American offshore oil and gas production offers a smart path forward.”