Industry comments on the DPEIS Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2017 – 2022, submitted May 2, 2016
The American Petroleum Institute (API), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), U.S. Oil and Gas Association (USOGA), International Association Of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) (collectively, the Associations) offer the following on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2017 – 2022 released March 18, 2016.
The Associations generally support Alternative A as the Preferred Alternative provided no additional areas are removed for consideration from future leasing. We strongly encourage BOEM to reconsider the range of alternatives analyzed and the rationale for eliminating certain alternatives from full analysis under NEPA. Specifically, we recommend that a less restrictive alternative be analyzed and that BOEM reconsider its overly-conservative decision regarding potential Atlantic leasing.
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