Using Environmental Information in OCS Decision Making at BOEM Public Deposited

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  • This presentation will provide an overview of how the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) uses environmental information for decision-making and the role BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program (ESP) plays in fulfilling information needs to inform Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resource management decisions. The ESP conducts and oversees top-quality scientific research to inform policy and management decisions regarding leasing and development of OCS conventional and renewable energy and mineral resources. This research allows BOEM to manage the exploration and development of the nation’s offshore resources in a way that appropriately balances economic growth, energy development, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development, and environmental reviews and studies. Environmental studies funded through the ESP are conducted to collect baseline, site-specific, and long-term monitoring data. This environmental information is used to identify appropriate mitigation measures which can be adapted based on the results of monitoring (see associated figure). The ESP environmental studies focus on multiple disciplines including physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, protected species, social sciences and economics, submerged cultural resources, and the environmental effects of energy development. The ESP oversees scientific research conducted through contracts, cooperative agreements with state institutions or universities, and interagency agreements. These types of arrangements enable flexibility to leverage resources, meet national priorities, and satisfy common needs for robust scientific information at the time it is required. The ESP has a robust process to ensure quality science is developed and used in decision making. The OCS Scientific Committee, comprised of external experts from a variety of disciplines, advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BOEM Director, on the feasibility, appropriateness, and scientific value of the proposed research. In addition, the Secretary of the Interior has established a department-wide Scientific and Scholarly Integrity Policy. BOEM was involved in developing the policy and is fully committed to the principles therein. This policy helps ensure and maintain the integrity of scientific and scholarly activities used in decision-making across the department. The results of completed studies, including more than 2,000 research reports, are available online to the public through the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS). To learn more about BOEM’s ongoing work to further environmental studies, go to: http://www.boem.gov/studies/.
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  • Thornhill, A.D. 2012. Using Environmental Information in OCS Decision Making at BOEM. In: Boehlert, G., C. Braby, A. S. Bull, M. E. Helix, S. Henkel, P. Klarin, and D. Schroeder, eds. 2013. Oregon Marine Renewable Energy Environmental Science Conference Proceedings. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Cooperative Agreement with Oregon State University M12AC00012. OCS Report BOEM 2013-0113. 149 pp.
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