→ Request for comments and information on the preparation of the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is soliciting information and requesting comments on the preparation of a new five-year National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024. This 2019-2024 Program will replace the current 2017-2022 Program, which was approved on January 17, 2017. The initiation of a new National OCS Program development process at this time is a key aspect of the implementation of President Donald J. Trump's America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. The National OCS Program sets forth the proposed schedule of lease sales for the subsequent five-year period, and enables the Federal Government, States, industry, and other interested parties to begin planning for the later steps in the leasing process. Comments are specifically requested on the following, among others: (1) National energy needs for 2019 to 2024; (2) equitable sharing of developmental benefits and environmental risks among the various planning areas; (3) other uses of the sea and seabed, including commercial and recreational fisheries, navigation, etc.; and (4) relative environmental sensitivity and marine productivity of the different planning areas and/or a specific section(s) of a given OCS planning area. The full list of requested information can be found here