Five-Year Program for Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing: Status and Issues in Brief [February 1, 2017] [open pdf - 844KB]
"Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as amended, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) must prepare and maintain forward-looking five-year plans--referred to by BOEM as five-year programs--for proposed public oil and gas lease sales on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS). On January 17, 2017, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a record of decision approving BOEM's final program for the period from mid-2017 through mid-2022. The leasing decisions in BOEM's five-year programs may affect the economy and environment of individual coastal states and of the nation as a whole. Accordingly, Congress has typically been actively involved in the planning process for the five-year programs. The following discussion briefly summarizes the status of the 2017-2022 program, discusses selected issues of congressional interest, and considers the role of Congress in shaping the program."
CRS Report for Congress, R44692
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html