Offshore Energy Development Co-Exists With Military Activities
Offshore energy development has co-existed in the Gulf of Mexico with military activities, tourism industry, commercial fishing industry, and coastal communities’ activities for over fifty years. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have decades of experience in working together to facilitate the needs of both departments, including current procedures which adequately allow for military activities and offshore oil and gas development. An integral part of the DOI’s process for developing the five-year National Offshore Leasing Plan is to solicit input from the DOD on the level of compatibility between future military activities and areas where oil and natural gas occur in order for safe offshore development to move forward.
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