Ocean Energy Management offered 23 million acres of offshore leases for auction Wednesday. After a series of anti-drilling protests in New Orleans, the federal agency sealed its offices and conducted the auction online.
A group of Gulf residents were arrested after occupying the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) office in New Orleans on Tuesday, where they were demanding that President Barack Obama cancel an imminent lease sale for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold its first-ever live-streamed lease sale for offshore oil and gas drilling on Wednesday, prompting protests from environmentalists who say the public has been cut out of the process.
Perhaps no bill matters to state lawmakers more than the measure that authorizes hundreds of millions of state dollars annually to build roads, repair buildings and construct sewer systems back home. So lawmakers were understandably antsy Monday afternoon, hours before the regular session would end, when they couldn’t find the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Neil Abramson, for the second day in a row. Abramson wanted to bottle up the bill, which was up for final approval in the House, because he didn’t like changes made to it by the state Senate.
A Bureau of Ocean Energy Management spokesman said Wednesday that the federal agency encourages public input concerning oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, but may make changes on how it conducts its public auctions.
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