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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 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
Rates and fees
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Coastal States

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