On April 28, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13795. This order outlines the America-First Offshore Energy Strategy that proposes to open nearly 90% of the country’s outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing. As part of this strategy, Secretarial Order 3350 was issued by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke which direct the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to develop a replacement Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program). This program is responsible for outlining oil and gas development in accordance with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCS Lands Act) and would replace the current 2017-2022 program. The National OCS Program specifies the size, timing, and location of potential leasing activity that the Secretary of the Interior determines will best meet national energy needs for the five-year period under consideration.
On January 8, 2018 BOEM officially released the draft Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. The draft proposal program proposes lease sales throughout the outer continental shelf waters off the continental U.S. as well as Alaska.
- pdf Tri-state Letter from the Governors (WA, OR, CA) (238 KB)
- pdf Oregon's response to the Proposed 2017-2022 OCS Program (209 KB)
- pdf PNW Opposition Letter (708 KB)
- pdf Oregon Natural Resource Agencies Comments to BOEM (517 KB)
- Review the Draft Proposed Program Areas, Sale Years, and Potential Exclusion Areas (Lower 48 States)
- Review the Draft Proposed Program: Lease Sale Schedule
- National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program Process
- Find additional information and resources at gov
- View pdf Oregon's Geographic Location Description (GLD) (802 KB)
Additional News Articles (Oregon Policy)
- Call for Ban on Drilling off the Oregon Coast- from Oregon Senators Merkley and Whyden
- Merkley, Wyden Shred Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Reversal