DOI News


Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Strategy


03/31/2010


As part of President Obama’s comprehensive energy plan for the country, the Department of the Interior is pursuing a balanced, science-based strategy for exploring and developing oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Under this strategy, Interior is expanding offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the right ways and in the right places, providing order and certainty to industry and investors, and delivering a fair return to American taxpayers for the use of their resources. The Obama Administration’s strategy uses science and new technologies to expand oil and gas production on the Outer Continental Shelf, while protecting fisheries, tourism, and places off our coasts that are too special to drill. The Administration is working to expand development and production in new areas, such as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico; significantly increase oil and gas exploration in frontier areas, such as the Arctic Ocean and areas in the Atlantic Ocean; and protect areas that are simply too special to drill, such as Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

Click on the maps below to learn more about the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Alaska regions.

Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico StrategiesAtlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Strategies
Alaska StrategyAlaska Strategy