States' Role in OCS Development: The California Model

by Michael A. Kahoe, Office of the Secretary of, Environmental Affairs, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


California is currently the only state outside the Gulf of Mexico region faced with oil and gas production activities in the federal outer continental shelf (OCS). California's response to these activities in frontier areas such as the Santa Maria Basin has resulted in several successful measures which provide a stronger voice for the State and local governments in where and how federal leasing, exploration, and production projects are approved. These measures are applied through a case-by-case approach to evaluate leasing and development proposals, with an emphasis on a cooperative federal-State-local relationship within the existing legislative framework. This approach explores the full range of consultation opportunities and regulatory requirements under existing statutes, to ensure proper consideration of State and local interests in the federal decision-making process. While recognizing the jurisdictional delineations, this approach has resulted in an effective State role in the resource management decisions affecting both offshore and onshore areas.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Gulfs | Developing countries | Basins | State government | Local government | Team building | Coastal engineering | California | United States | Gulf of Mexico

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