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Offshore Oil and Gas More Economical Left Alone

Offshore Oil and Gas imageIn December 2013 CSE in consultation with New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) filed its opening brief in a lawsuit seeking a halt to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) five-year oil  and gas leasing program on the outer continental shelf (OCS). The suit was filed in the District Court for Washington, D.C. The litigation is novel. We argue that the BOEM cannot justify the program on economic grounds because it failed to take into account the benefits of leaving oil and gas leases in the ground – at least for now – given the enormous uncertainty over whether or not deep sea drilling is safe, the recent glut of oil and gas production in the U.S. onshore, and the fact that a significant portion of the refined products made from OCS oil will be exported rather than used to meet America’s energy needs. Continue reading

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