NOIA Lauds Court Decision Oil & Gas Lease Plan

Sunday, August 02, 2009

On July 28, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals clarified its April 17 decision regarding the 5-Year Oil and Gas Lease Plan. The court has established that the Minerals Management Service must properly consider the relative environmental sensitivity and marine productivity of different areas of the OCS under Section 18(a)(2)(G), and strike a proper balance incorporating environmental and coastal zone factors under Section 18 (a)(3) for Alaska only, specifically leasing in the Chukchi, Beaufort and Bering Seas.

In effect, the Court has upheld the 5-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Plan for areas outside Alaska, which provides welcomed certainty for operations and lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

As for the Alaska OCS, the court has ordered the Department of the Interior to notify the court when it completes the required analysis and to file status reports with the court within 60 days and every 60 days thereafter in the interim. After the completion of the analyses, the litigants will have 30 days to file motions which will determine the future of the litigation.

"The decision allows the government to promptly complete its analysis of the Alaska OCS, which NOIA strongly encourages so that hopefully the same certainty granted to Gulf operations and leasing by this decision can be granted to the Alaska OCS," said Tom Fry, President of the National Ocean Industries Association.

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Study: An Arctic Oil Well Blowout Could Spread More Than 1,000km

Oil from a spill or oil well blowout in the Arctic waters of Canada's Beaufort Sea could easily become trapped in sea ice and potentially spread more than 1,000 kilometres to the west coast of Alaska,

Westermeerwind Wind Farm Construction Begins

Mammoet announced today that Westermeerwind BV has reached financial close on July 25 for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in Ijsselmeer,

Gas Prices Help Offset Statoil's Output Drop

Statoil's second quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 32 billion, a decrease of NOK 2.3 billion compared to the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings were NOK 32.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1010 sec (10 req/sec)