NRDC Comments on the Request for Information and on the Preparation of the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

August 17, 2017

Comments submitted by NRDC in response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Request for Information, the first step in opening new areas, like the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans, to offshore drilling. In the comments, NRDC argues that, if BOEM is going to redo the 5-year program which was finalized in January 2017, it should exclude all areas from new leasing on account of the harm offshore drilling could do to the climate, coastal economies, communities’ health, and the health of vibrant marine ecosystems.