33 Alaska L. Rev. 1 (2016)
Next Steps to Reform the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing

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       NEXT STEPS TO REFORM THE

       REGULATIONS GOVERNING

           OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS

           PLANNING AND LEASING


 ANDREW HARTSIG,* MICHAEL LEVINE,** JAYNI FOLEY
              HEIN,*** & JASON SCHWARTZ****

                             ABSTRACT

     The Department of the Interior manages offshore oil and gas activities in
     federal waters. Mhile the agency has proposed and/or enacted important
     improvements to the rules that govern some of those activities, it has not
     modernized the regulations that govern offshore oil and gas planning, lease
     sales, or the review and permitting of exploratory drilling. These phases of the
     process are overseen by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM),
     and, as was shown in our earlier publication on this topic, are ineffective and
     in need of modernization. In this Article, we argue that fundamental reform
     is necessary and highlight a series of key themes and topics that must be
     addressed to improve the regulatory process and promote better, more
     consistent management outcomes. hile the Article draws on examples from
     ftontier areas-in particular the U.S. Arctic Ocean-the recommended
     changes would apply to and benefit all areas of the OCS.

                          INTRODUCTION

       In this Article, we build on What About BOEM? The Need to Reform
the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing,'



Copyright © 2016 by Andrew Hartsig, Michael Levine, Jayni Foley Hein, & Jason
Schwartz.
    *Andrew Hartsig is director of the Arctic Program at the Ocean
Conservancy, a nonprofit marine conservation organization. He lives and works
in Anchorage, AK.
    **Michael LeVine is Pacific Senior Counsel for Oceana, an international
nonprofit organization dedicated to  maintaining and  restoring ocean
ecosystems. He lives and works in Juneau, AK.
    *** Jayni Foley Hein is the policy director at the Institute for Policy Integrity
at NYU School of Law. No part of this Article purports to represent the views, if
any, of NYU School of Law.

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