U.S. Department of the Interior announces new five year offshore wind leasing program

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland used the Oceantic Network’s 2024 International Partnering Forum, currently under way in New Orleans, to announce a new five-year offshore wind leasing program and to report that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have finalized updated regulations for renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Interior says that the final rule increases certainty and...


Court rules against further GoM oil and gas lease sale delay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued an order dismissing an appeal against a GoM oil and gas lease preliminary injunction. As we reported earlier, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management this month yet again delayed U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM) lease sale 261 pending the outcome of that appeal.

Here’s the ruling:

National Ocean Industries Association President Erik Milito issued the following statement:

“The court’s ruling is a necessary and positive...


Another Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale dela

File this one under “why are we not surprised.” The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has yet again announced a delay to Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease Lease Sale 261.

Here’s what the agency says:

“As a result of the order issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on October 26, 2023, in Louisiana v. Haaland (Case No. 23-30666), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is postponing Lease Sale 261, which was originally scheduled for September 27, 2023, and later...


Court orders BOEM to hold GoM Lease Sale 261 the way Congress directed

The State of Louisiana, the American Petroleum Institute, Chevron USA Inc. and Shell Offshore have been granted a preliminary injunction in response to their law suit challenging conditions in BOEM’s Final Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261.

The Final Notice of Sale covered significantly reduced acreage than in the proposed notice of sale announced back in March (67 million acres as opposed to 73.4 million). It also placed severe restrictions on oil and gas vessel...


Bipartisan momentum builds for offshore oil ans gas leasing action

Slow-marching of offshore oil and gas leasing sales by the U.S. Department of the Interior could threaten offshore wind leasing, NOIA (the National Ocean Industries Association) says, noting that Federal law mandates the occurrence of a substantial offshore oil and gas lease sale in the year preceding any new offshore wind lease award.

Now, bipartisan pressure for action on offshore O&G leasing is building. In a move applauded by NOIA, six Democrats in the House of Representatives, from...


Biden takes new actions to boost offshore wind energy

Against the backdrop of a former Massachusetts coal-fired power plant that is to host a cable manufacturing facility to support offshore wind, President Biden today announced a number of executive actions on climate aimed at addressing extreme heat and boosting offshore wind.

Tune in as I deliver remarks on executive actions to tackle the climate crisis and build the opportunity for a clean energy future that will create jobs and lower costs for families. https://t.co/jWblrkfTEh

— President...


Interior drags heels on offshore oil and gas leasing

During testimony before the U.S Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said that, “despite delays in implementation from the previous administration,” the Interior Department will release the next step in the five-year offshore energy planning process, the proposed program, by June 30, 2022, which is the expiration of the current program. A proposed program is not a decision to issue specific leases or to authorize any drilling or...


Carolinas offshore wind lease sale draws $315 million in winning bids

Yesterday’s Department of the Interior wind energy auction for two lease areas offshore the Carolinas attracted competitive winning bids from two companies – TotalEnergies Renewables USA and Duke Energy Renewables Wind – totaling approximately $315 million.

The sale offered two lease areas covering 110,091 acres in the Carolina Long Bay area offshore North Carolina and South Carolina. If fully developed, the leases could result in about 1.3 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, enough to power...


Bipartisan support for new GoM offshore oil and gas lease sales

Yesterday, the Senate approved language calling for Senate negotiators to support the issuance of a new five year program for offshore oil and gas leasing as soon as possible and that the new program should include at least two area-wide lease sales per year.

The Senate voted on this language as part of the Motions to Instruct for the upcoming negotiations around the China competitiveness bill.

Notably, the vote passed with support from four Democrats: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten...


NOIA ready to work with Biden pick for Secretary of the Interior

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) says it is “ready to work with” Representative Deb Haaland, who will be President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee as the next Secretary of the Interior.

Two key offshore industry agencies are part of the Department of the Interior: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

NOIA President Erik Milito issued the following statement on the Haaland nomination:

“NOIA is ready to work with President-elect Joe...


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