An ELI Ocean Program Seminar
The Federal Government has issued a number of ocean management decisions that constitute a significant policy shift from previous administrations. Most notably, these include the development of the 2019 – 2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which plans to open new marine spaces under U.S. jurisdiction to oil and gas exploitation, and the enactment of the “Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States,” which sets the Trump Administration’s ocean management priorities. The latter effectively revokes President Obama’s Executive Order 13547 “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes,” which had initiated the development of a Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning process in the United States.
Panelists discussed these recent decisions from a variety of legal and governance perspectives.
Caitlin McCarthy, Director of ELI Associates Program, ELI (moderator)
Rich Innes, Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute
Deborah Halberstadt, Ocean Protection Council Executive Director/Deputy Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency
Michael LeVine, Senior Ocean Fellow,The Ocean Conservancy
Josh Eagle, Solomon Blatt Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law