Mar 9, 2018 Industry Joint Comments to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on its Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024 and Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
The American Petroleum Institute (API), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), U.S. Oil and Gas Association (USOGA), American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC), International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA), International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), Offshore Operators Committee (OOC), and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) (“the Associations”) offer the following comments on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) request for comments on the 2019–2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program (DPP) and Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that were published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2018. The Associations’ members have significant interest in ensuring that there are future opportunities for offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development in the United States (U.S.) so that the nation can capitalize on industry expertise that has been garnered through years of successful and beneficial exploration, development and production of domestic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and natural gas resources. We fully support keeping the DPP as is with no areas being removed from future leasing consideration. The decisions made regarding what areas are available for leasing will have long-term implications for our nation’s energy security, prospects for job creation, and government revenue generation.