B&D Hosting WCEE Luncheon on Managing Offshore Energy Development

Beveridge & Diamond is pleased to host the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) for a luncheon presentation featuring John Cossa (Of Counsel, Washington, DC) and U.S. Department of the Interior panelists Kelly Hammerle (National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Manager) and Michelle Morin (Chief, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy). The panelists will discuss the federal role in developing offshore energy projects and how the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages intensely competing priorities in its management of both new offshore wind energy projects and offshore domestic production of oil and gas.

The current administration has prioritized “energy dominance” and proposed opening most federal waters to offshore oil and gas leasing (a proposal currently on hold). At the same time, BOEM—tasked with managing the development of domestic offshore energy and marine mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way—is overseeing the creation of a new offshore wind leasing program that has garnered significant enthusiasm. BOEM's priorities are juxtaposed with increasing state and regional commitments to use clean energy, secure jobs, and sustain natural environments for multiple uses. Additionally, BOEM must balance a range of stakeholders when preparing leasing plans and considering development applications; including but not limited to governors, federal, state and local agencies, industry groups, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations, and the general public.

For more information and registration, please visit the WCEE website. This event will also be offered by webinar.