Offshore Oil & Gas

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) of 1953 grants the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) the authority to manage offshore energy resources and to develop regulations to carry out that authority. Three agencies within DOI — BOEM, BSEE, and ONRR — work together to manage, regulate, and collect revenue from 33 million leased acres across the Outer Continental Shelf.

Managed and regulated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) manages monetary transactions.

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Plan
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Lease
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Explore
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Develop
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Decommission and reclaim
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Revenue collected by ONRR

Bonus

The amount the highest bidder paid for a natural resource lease.

Rent

Starts at
$7 or $11 per acre, can increase to
$44 per acre

The starting amount depends on depth, and it increases throughout the term of the lease up to $44.00 per acre in some cases.

Royalty

12.5%, 16.67%, or 18.75%

Get involved

Participate in the offshore oil and gas leasing process.

YouTube

Comment on the leasing program. Planning for the 2019–2024 Five Year Program is underway. BOEM wants input from anyone that may be affected, positively or negatively, by Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas development activity. Watch the video and visit BOEM’s website for more details.

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Twitter

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Flickr

See breathtaking photos on BOEM’s Flickr.

Coastal States

BOEM has task forces in 16 coastal states to coordinate public engagement. Attend a meeting near you.