Skip to main content

Energy Tomorrow Blog

Gulf Lease Sale Good, But We Need to Explore New Areas

offshore leasing plan  gulf of mexico  us energy security  economic benefits  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 2, 2018

The most recent federal Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas lease sale was described in some media reports as “disappointing,” “modest” and “tepid.” But there’s another, more positive way to look at it.

First, every offshore lease sale the federal government holds is welcome by industry, because each represents new opportunity for the market to work as it should – with companies making investment decisions based on the potential for significant natural gas and oil production.

A more important point underscored with the Gulf sale is one we’ve been making for some time – that the federal government needs to make available new offshore areas for study, research, exploration and development.


More »

Let’s Hear It: The Benefits of Safe Offshore Energy

offshore leasing plan  consumers  economic growth  safe operations  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 8, 2018

As a nation, we have a tremendous opportunity to safely and efficiently harness our offshore natural gas and oil reserves. Here are three important points that should be prominent during the public hearing phase of the process to develop the next federal offshore leasing plan.

More »

Offshore 101: Energy for America’s Future Security

offshore leasing plan  offshore energy development  safe operations  us energy security  jobs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 11, 2017

Soon, the Interior Department is expected to release its draft offshore leasing program that will shape natural gas and oil development on the federal outer continental shelf (OCS) for the next five years, 2019-2024. Recognizing that the leasing program only outlines where lease auctions could be conducted, let’s take a look at some offshore basics to provide full context to a process that’s critically important to our country’s future energy security.

More »

Seismic Needed for Informed Atlantic Offshore Discussion

offshore energy  offshore access  department of defense  atlantic ocs  leasing plan 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 1, 2017

A sensible, safe and forward-looking offshore energy strategy – one that acknowledges that keeping 94 percent of federal offshore acreage off limits to responsible development risks U.S. energy security – underscores the need for reliable scientific data to establish the size and location of offshore oil and natural gas reserves, through safe seismic testing. Every other discussion about where offshore development may occur in the years ahead is premature until the resource base is known. In this context, a recent claim that U.S. military priorities and offshore energy development in the Atlantic Ocean are mostly incompatible is just plain silly.

More »

Connect Offshore Policy With America's Energy Reality

offshore energy development  offshore leasing plan  safe operations  us energy security  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 12, 2017

What we see here are the outlines of a serious disconnect between current U.S. offshore policy and reality – that with the U.S. and the world projected to see significant growth in energy demand, the United States has more than 90 percent of its offshore reserves locked away, unavailable even for the studies and tests needed to determine the potential size and location of those reserves.

Given the long lead times needed to develop the offshore, the United States’ current policy posture needs a course correction. 

More »

Opening a New Era for U.S. Offshore Energy

offshore energy  offshore leasing plan  us energy security  economic growth  jobs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 29, 2017

The Trump administration is taking the first step to more fully harness the United States’ offshore oil and natural gas wealth, beginning work on a new five-year offshore leasing plan – the federal blueprint for future offshore development. It’s great news for America’s future energy security, for consumers and our economy.

More »

Advancing Safe Offshore Development

offshore development  ocs leasing plan  seismic survey  safe operations  interior department 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 16, 2017

Last month’s presidential executive order aimed at increasing access to U.S. offshore natural gas and oil reserves is starting to bear fruit with two important developments from the Interior Department, which oversees access to federal offshore and onshore resources. … Both are welcome developments. America’s future energy security largely depends on safe development of offshore energy. Increasing access to offshore natural gas is critically important with 94 percent of federal offshore acreage currently off limits.

More »

Access to Support America’s Energy Revolution

oil and natural gas  access  offshore energy  onshore development  leasing plan 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 22, 2016

It’s clear in a new Harris Poll on energy issues that Americans recognize the revolutionary opportunity that’s being afforded the United States by increased domestic energy production – consumer benefits, economic growth and increased security.

The poll’s registered voters see a new U.S. energy narrative, one of abundance that’s making America more self-reliant and stronger. Even more, those surveyed appreciate the fact that American-made energy is a path to future prosperity, and they want policies that help ensure that path is taken.

More »

Planning, Leadership Needed to Harness U.S. Offshore Energy

offshore energy  boem  atlantic ocs  arctic  ocs leasing plan 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 27, 2016

BOEM’s DC meeting that followed others this month in New Orleans, Houston and a number of localities in Alaska, was an information smorgasbord. They had a video overview of the methodology in developing the leasing program that will guide offshore energy development from 2017 to 2022. They also had a number of tables with printed handouts, where BOEM staffers were available to talk about topics ranging from protected species to the human environment to acoustics in the water.

I asked a staffer if it was possible that someone knowing little to nothing about offshore energy and leasing could wander into BOEM’s meeting, watch the video, absorb the information handouts, talk to BOEM representatives and then submit an informed comment on the leasing proposal. “Yes,” he said. Neat.

BOEM had a number of laptops set up to receive electronic comments. I submitted mine the old-fashioned way, writing them out longhand on a form. I labored to print legibly.

Certainly, BOEM has been meticulous in developing its proposed leasing program. The final version that will come out early next year will say a lot about U.S. energy leadership and vision and the future of American energy. That’s how critically important our offshore reserves are.

More »

Offshore Energy, Off Limits Policy

offshore energy  oil and natural gas production  ocs leasing plan  atlantic ocs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 15, 2016

With the Obama administration’s decision not to include the Atlantic in the next federal offshore leasing program, let’s connect some dots that put this unfortunate decision in a fuller context – one where the administration is choosing retreat instead of progress with its energy strategy.

First, America’s energy revolution is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that has put this country on a path toward economic growth, consumer benefits, environmental progress and a more secure energy future. Yet, omitting the Atlantic from the five-year leasing program that will largely guide offshore development from 2017 to 2022 is retreat, not progress, in efforts to produce more energy right here at home.

It’s the wrong path for America – a path also defined by administration policies that have resulted in declining oil and natural gas production on federal lands, an onslaught ofunnecessary regulation and continuation of the harmful Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It’s a path that has made energy infrastructure development more problematic, a path that will negatively impact American households and one that could see the U.S. become less secure and less competitive in the world.

More »