Environmental Justice and Indigenous People by Keely Hite

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  • U.S. Department of the InteriorBureau of Ocean Energy Management

    National Environmental Justice Conference

    March 2014

    Keely Hite, Environmental Protection SpecialistDivision of Environmental AssessmentBranch of Environmental Consultation

    Environmental Justice and Indigenous People

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  • BOEMs Mission

    To manage the ocean energy and mineral resources on the

    Nations Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

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  • The Outer Continental Shelf

    The OCS includes an area consisting of 1.7 billion acres of submerged lands, subsoil, and seabed, lying between the seaward extent of the States submerged lands and the seaward extent of Federal jurisdiction

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  • BOEM Program Areas

    Multiple Uses of the OCS

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    Support Programs:

    Oil and Gas

    Marine Minerals

    Renewable Energy

  • Pollutant Transport (air & water)

    Biological Resource Characterization

    (habitat & behavior)

    Marine Environmental

    Monitoring

    Fates and Effects

    Socioeconomic Effects

    Biotechnology

    Invasive Species

    Reduce Emissions

    Blowout Prevention

    Structural Removal

    Corrosion Prevention

    Oil Spill Response

    Leak Detection

    Marine Risers

    Composite Materials

    Leasing

    Exploration

    Construction

    Production

    Decommissioning

    Using Science as Our Guide

    BOEM ESPBSEE TA&R OSER and

    OSRR/Ohmsett

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  • Linkage BetweenEnvironmental Assessment &

    Environmental Science

    Identification of

    Information Gaps &

    Issues

    Environmental

    Research

    Environmental

    Information

    Environmental

    Assessment

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  • BSEE Technology Research and Assessment:

    Oil and Gas Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER)

    BSEE Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR):

    Ohmsett The National Oil Spill Response and Renewable Energy Test Facility

    Environmental Research Programs

    BOEM Environmental Studies Program (ESP)

    Oil & Gas, Marine Minerals, Renewable Energy

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  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    Involve Public

    Disclose Plans to Public

    Integrate Environmental Analysis

    Identify and Evaluate Alternatives

    Foster Better Decisions

    Avoid Negative Effects

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  • Internal EJ Google Site

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  • Next Steps:Gulf of Mexico Region: Spatial Analysis

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