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BOEMRE reorganization nears fruition, workshop planned

The Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement will cease to exist as single body on October 1. In its place will be two separate government entities, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

In addition, a new agency will be created, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, charged with collecting royalties for OCS operators.

BOEM will be responsible for managing exploration and development in OSC waters, while BSEE will focus on enforcement of federal safety and environmental regulations pertaining to offshore energy development.

The stated goal of the reorganization is to effectively separate the multiple missions of the former MMS while minimizing disruption to operations. To explain the transition, the agency will host a workshop September 19 in New Orleans.

BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich said in a statement, “We want to make the transition to these two new bureaus as seamless and transparent as possible. It is with this goal in mind that I invite you to send a technical expert to participate in a workshop in New Orleans on September 19, in which our staff will discuss the new organizational structure and functions, as well as the steps we have taken to ensure a continuity of operations.”

The agency will also offer breakout discussions to walk through the details of how BOEM and BSEE will handle processes that involve both bureaus, including exploration and development plans and permits, enforcement and inspections, and environmental review, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

Bromwich is requesting that only technical staff attend the event. An RSVP is requested no later than today, September 9, to



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