Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
|Formed||October 1, 2011|
|Preceding Agency||Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement|
|Agency executive||Walter Cruickshank|
|Parent agency||Department of the Interior|
The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) states: "...the outer Continental Shelf is a vital national resource reserve held by the Federal Government for the public, which should be made available for expeditious and orderly development, subject to environmental safeguards, in a manner which is consistent with the maintainence [sic] of competition and other national needs."[attribution needed]
BOEM (and its sister agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) are the agencies to which this responsibility is delegated. They exercise the oil, gas, and renewable energy-related management functions formerly under the purview of the Minerals Management Service. Specifically, BOEM activities involve resource evaluation, planning, and leasing.
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