Beaudreau hopes new 2012-17 OCS program sets pattern for others

The Dec. 29, 2011, completion of a draft programmatic environmental impact statement for 10 tentatively scheduled oil and gas lease sales in the central and western Gulf of Mexico was only the latest step in the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's proposed 5-year US Outer Continental Shelf Program. Even getting it under way was a significant challenge, BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau confirmed. "It's an incredible testament to career staff members who worked very late many weeknights and through several weekends to get it done, while keeping other programs going," he told OGJ in an interview at the new US Department of the Interior agency's headquarters in Washington, DC. He...

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