The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Alaska to ensure continued close cooperation in energy resource exploration and development on the Outer Continental Shelf, Kallanish Energy reports.
“The state of Alaska and Boem have always worked hand-in-glove when it comes to safely developing resources from Alaska’s Ocs lease areas,” said Sara Longan, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, in a statement.
“This Mou will facilitate better and more frequent coordination with our federal counterparts. The state of Alaska will continue to offer our expertise and support for holding routine lease sales in Alaska’s prolific Ocs basins,” she said.
Boem, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages drilling for oil and gas starting three miles offshore Alaska. The state oversees submerged lands between that boundary and the shoreline.
Coordination and communication are essential for the two agencies to work together, said Dr. Walter Cruickshank, acting director of Boem.
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