Five-Year Program for Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing: Status and Issues in Brief [March 31, 2017] [open pdf - 837KB]
"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). Most recently, under the Obama Administration, BOEM released a final program for the period from mid-2017 through mid-2022.2 The program schedules 11 lease sales on the OCS during the five-year period: 10 in the Gulf of Mexico region (occurring twice each year), 1 in the Cook Inlet planning area of the Alaska region (scheduled for 2021), and none in the Atlantic or Pacific regions. Three sales proposed in earlier versions of the program-one in the Atlantic and two off Alaska-were not ultimately included in the program. 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 typically has been actively involved in planning and oversight of the five-year programs. The following discussion summarizes developments in the 2017-2022 program and considers selected congressional issues and actions related to the program."
CRS Report for Congress, R44692
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html