The Trump administration’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. waters to offshore drilling has opened a 60-day public comment period. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will accept comments until March 9, 2018. It’s critical to make your voice heard.


Tips For Submitting Comments

  • Identify yourself and where you’re from, particularly noting if you are a coastal resident, business owner, or someone whose job depends on healthy coast
  • Clearly state your opposition to offshore drilling
  • Include facts to support your opposition (you can reference information cited here), for example:
  • Be specific about the potential impacts to the coastal environment and economy
  • Include facts about ocean-based economy and what’s at risk – reference military operations, fishing, or tourism businesses that could be hurt by offshore drilling
  • Reference that the proposal is coming at a time when the administration is trying to roll back safety regulations put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster
  • It’s helpful to be as specific as possible with links to credible data and research
  • You can read more information on the BOEM website.
  • Refer to this "Resources to Consider" infographic. It provides a list of environmental resources to cite that might be affected by offshore drilling.

If you would rather send your written comment through the mail, follow these instructions:

In an envelope labeled “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program,” comments can be mailed (or hand delivered) to:

Ms. Kelly Hammerle
Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch Leasing Division
Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (VAM-LD)
45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216

Written comments may also be hand delivered at a public listening session to the BOEM official in charge.