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BOEM Proposes to Modify its Offshore Renewable Energy Regulations

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On January 12, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) announced a proposed rule (the “Modernization Rule”) to modernize its regulations for renewable energy development on the...more

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Momentum Builds Towards California Offshore Wind Reality

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California’s first upcoming offshore wind lease sale, scheduled for December 6, 2022, is the next major step forward for clean energy in the Golden State. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of...more

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Offshore Wind Comes to the Gulf of Mexico

After the landmark prices received for eight offshore wind leases in the New York Bight, and with great anticipation for the upcoming December 6, 2022, lease auction for the Humboldt and Morro Bay Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) off...more

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California Offshore Wind Lease Sale Announced by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

On October 21, 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) published a Final Sale Notice (“FSN”) for commercial leasing for wind power on California’s Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”). Specifically, the FSN...more

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Inflation Reduction Act Advances Stalled Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sales

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The Inflation Reduction Act (the Act), which passed the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, 2022, requires that previously announced offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska be held during the next two years....more

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What the Inflation Reduction Act Would Do, and Not Do, to Support Continued Offshore Wind Development

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The Inflation Reduction Act spending bill, reflecting compromise between Senator Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, contains several measures to bolster offshore wind and other renewable energy development in the...more

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Wind Turbine Patents Extend to Outer Continental Shelf

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In a ruling having major implications for the offshore wind industry, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts held in May 2022 that patent law applies to wind turbines attached to the seabed within 200 nautical miles of...more

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The Big Squeeze? Proposed 2023-2028 Oil and Gas Leasing Program on the Outer Continental Shelf is Reduced to 11 Proposed Lease...

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On July 1, 2022,1 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) released its Proposed Program for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (“DOI”) National Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) Oil and Gas Leasing Program (“National...more

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Interior Releases Draft Program for New Offshore Leases; Future Uncertain

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The U.S. Department of the Interior on July 1, 2022, released its long-awaited update on the next Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) five-year proposed offshore drilling program (Program), a day after the previous program expired....more

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Interior Proposes First Renewable Energy Lease Sale in Federal Waters Offshore California

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The proposal would auction off almost 375,000 acres of the Outer Continental Shelf offshore California for wind energy development. Key Points: ..The two areas proposed for leasing have the potential to provide more...more

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Interior Announces Deadline for New 5-Year Offshore Leasing Plan

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During her oral testimony on U.S. Department of the Interior Fiscal Year 2023 budget priorities before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources on May 19, 2022, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that...more

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Excitement Builds Around Offshore Wind in North Carolina

On April 29, 2022, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) for six distinct areas in the Central Atlantic comprising almost 3.9 million acres, which are shown on the map below. BOEM will consider...more

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BOEM Readies Itself for Further Offshore Wind Development Along the Central Atlantic and Oregon Coasts

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The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) revealed its intention to request Calls for Information and Nominations for a variety of Call Areas along the Central Atlantic and Oregon coasts on April 27. The Calls for...more

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Legal Challenges to Renewable Energy Development, and How NEPA Can Help

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2021 witnessed a new but familiar competition among stakeholders for the use and enjoyment of the Outer Continental Shelf. Last year, interested parties initiated five lawsuits against the first federally approved offshore...more

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Developing Offshore Wind in California – Environmental Permitting and Interconnection Considerations

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The California coast offers significant potential for offshore wind development that can help the state reach its renewable energy goals. Developers of wind energy projects located off the California coast will face a number...more

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BOEM Takes Another Step Toward Leasing the Outer Continental Shelf for Offshore Wind

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Last week, the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) held its second of two intergovernmental stakeholder meetings to discuss offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico. The February 2, 2022, meeting follows BOEM’s receipt...more

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Under the Sea: Congress Amends OCSLA to Provide for Offshore CCS

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Offshore carbon sequestration on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) could be just over the horizon. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (the “Infrastructure Act”), signed into law by President Biden on November 15,...more

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Can the Biden Administration Meet Its Offshore Wind Goals?

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In the first week of his presidency, President Biden, by Executive Order, set a goal of doubling offshore wind by 2030—an ambitious goal to help put the United States on a path to meet its commitments under the Paris Climate...more

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California Legislature Passes Landmark Legislation to Bolster Offshore Wind Energy

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The California Legislature on Sept. 9, 2021, approved landmark state legislation to facilitate California's offshore wind energy potential. Assembly Bill (AB) 525 requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to prepare a...more

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Preliminary Injunction Issued Preventing Ban on New Federal Oil and Gas Leases

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As reported in the last edition of The Climate Report, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia (collectively, "Plaintiff States") filed...more

Morrison & Foerster LLP - Left Coast Appeals

This Week at the Ninth: Offshore Occupation

This week, the Ninth Circuit resolves a split among trial courts about the application of California labor laws on drilling platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf.  IAFETA MAUIA V. PETROCHEM INSULATION, INC. The...more

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Offshore Wind Farms Are Major Sources Of Air Pollution? What EPA’s Air Permit For Vineyard Wind Means For Future Development

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On May 19, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a final Clean Air Act Outer Continental Shelf air permit to Vineyard Wind 1, LLC (“Vineyard Wind”), thereby clearing a major permitting hurdle in...more

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DOI Announces Proposed Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development for New York and New Jersey

On June 11, 2021, the US Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a proposed sale notice to sell commercial wind energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York...more

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BSEE Considerations In Establishing Decommissioning Liability Estimates For Offshore Facilities

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The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) directs decommissioning of facilities located in federal waters of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that are used in performance of oil and gas exploration...more

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Fifth Circuit's Seaman Status Realignment Brings New Considerations for Offshore Oil & Gas and Wind Industry Operators

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Since the enactment of the Jones Act, courts have wrestled to define "seaman" and who is entitled to remedies under the Jones Act. The Jones Act grants a "seaman" a negligence cause of action against his employer and only a...more

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