The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This agreement is a joint framework by the two agencies to orchestrate the rules put in place regarding renewable energy activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM is obligated to manage resources and infrastructure used to generate both traditional and renewable energy on the OCS. It leases portions of the OCS to production firms looking to tap energy from the shores and offshore. Scientists and technical staff work together to research and analyze data. This data is used to draw essential decisions and conclusions regarding the management of this sector.
BSEE works as a regulation and enforcement body. Its responsibilities revolve around putting up legislation to control how things are done across the OCS.BSEE collaborates with other federal agencies such as the Coastal Guard to enforce these regulations. It also evaluates technologies used to tap energy to determine if they negatively impact the environment. The agreement comes barely four months after the two bureaus signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU reached in September 2020 outlines how the two agencies associate and augment each other. Both agencies serve under the United States Department of the Interior.
This agreement points out the role of BSEE in advancing the program’s safety and environmental compliance functions. These functions are crucial to the program’s planning and development under BOEM. Cutting this deal will allow the transfer of safety and environmental compliance laws from BOEM to BSEE. “Since 2009, BOEM has overseen the significant growth of renewable energy in the United States, thanks to our strong partnership with BSEE and other federal agencies, as well as state and local leadership,” said Dr. Walter Cruickshank, BOEM’s interim director. Among the things advocated for in this agreement is the elucidation of each bureau’s roles and responsibilities, enhancing the proficient use of resources for maximum energy production, and the incorporation of safety measures and environmental-friendly methods in the development of offshore infrastructure.
The two agencies will partner continuously on the laying out of regulations and policies. This will guarantee energy production that is eco-friendly and efficient. This comes at a time when the US is propagating its renewable energy sources. Other areas that the country has put effort into include hydroelectric power sources, geothermal plants, and solar energy plants. “We appreciate the critical information provided by our key stakeholders, such as commercial fishers, to inform our decision-making processes, and we look forward to continuing these relations as we work with BSEE to ensure the renewable energy industry incorporates safety and environmental compliance measures through the installation and operation of offshore facilities,” added Dr. Cruickshank.https://minernews.io/