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Dec 21, 2010

Federal Government Takes Steps Backwards, Forward for Offshore

 Federal Government Takes Steps Backwards, Forward for Offshore

Last Friday, US Department of Interior through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) took some initial steps towards advancing offshore oil development off the Atlantic Coast. In the stories below, some information was released about how the agency has hired a Florida-based company to create plans for and environmental assessment of effects of offshore research.

This comes on the heels of an announcement on December 3rd by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that Virginia and the Atlantic Coast would NOT be considered for a lease sale in the 2012-2017 Five Year Plan. This is a significant reversal from the Administration position of March 2010 when they endorsed moving forward with the Virginia Lease Sale.

After the Administration came out against exploring for offshore access earlier this month, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner expressed support for offshore exploration and opposition to delaying a Virginia lease sale outside the upcoming 2012-2017 Five Year Plan. Their comments can be found here.

Industry and many decision-makers have indicated they hope Congress will overturn this ban, as they have done in the past.

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Stories on Moving Forward with Offshore Research

In the stories below, some information was released about how the agency has contracted to create plans for an environmental assessment of effects of offshore research.

Relevant Research on Impact of Seismic