U.S.

Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Environmental Justice and Indigenous People
National Environmental Justice Conference
March 2014 Keely Hite, Environmental Protection Specialist Division of Environmental Assessment Branch of Environmental Consultation
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BOEM’s Mission
To manage the ocean energy and mineral resources on the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

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The Outer Continental Shelf
The OCS includes an area consisting of 1.7 billion acres of submerged lands, subsoil, and seabed, lying between the seaward extent of the States’ submerged lands and the seaward extent of Federal jurisdiction

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BOEM Program Areas

Multiple Uses of the OCS
Support Programs:
Oil and Gas Marine Minerals Renewable Energy

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Using Science as Our Guide
BOEM ESP BSEE TA&R OSER and OSRR/Ohmsett
Reduce Emissions
Blowout Prevention Structural Removal

Pollutant Transport (air & water)

Leasing
Exploration Construction Production Decommissioning

Biological Resource Characterization (habitat & behavior)
Marine Environmental Monitoring Fates and Effects Socioeconomic Effects Biotechnology Invasive Species

Corrosion Prevention
Oil Spill Response Leak Detection Marine Risers Composite Materials

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Linkage Between Environmental Assessment & Environmental Science
Identification of Information Gaps & Issues Environmental Assessment Environmental Research

Environmental Information
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Environmental Research Programs
BOEM Environmental Studies Program (ESP)
Oil & Gas, Marine Minerals, Renewable Energy

BSEE Technology Research and Assessment:
Oil and Gas Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER)

BSEE Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR):
Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response and Renewable Energy Test Facility

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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Involve Public
Disclose Plans to Public Integrate Environmental Analysis Identify and Evaluate Alternatives

Foster Better Decisions
Avoid Negative Effects
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Internal EJ Google Site

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Next Steps:
Gulf of Mexico Region: Spatial Analysis

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