On April 28, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13795, outlining an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. As a key piece of this strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3350 directing BOEM to begin the process of developing a new Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) to replace the 2017–2022 Program. This plan potentially opens an estimated 90% of the continental shelf to oil and gas leasing. Public comment is currently being collected (ends March 9, 2018), and public meetings are scheduled for throughout January and February, 2018.
- Learn more about the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program
- Visit the BOEM Website
- Submit a public comment (ends March 9, 2018)