NOAA proposes CZMA changes to improve offshore leasing process

Oil & Gas Journal: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it is proposing possible changes in the Coastal Zone Management Act aimed at making the federal consistency process more efficient across all stages of US Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas projects from leasing through development.

NOAA, a part of the US Department of Commerce, also is considering changes to how it might reduce processing time for appeals and make outcomes more predictable, it said in a Mar. 11 Federal Register notice. Comments will be accepted through Apr. 25, NOAA noted.

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