Reforming Offshore Energy Leasing in the US Arctic

During this collaboration between RFF and Stanford Woods, leading experts examined offshore oil and gas leasing reform in the US Arctic.


April 1, 2015


Event Series



An RFF First Wednesday Seminar in collaboration with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Obama administration has taken steps—including the development of a targeted leasing model and the recent release of proposed Arctic drilling standards—to develop offshore oil and gas regulations tailored to the unique environment of the Arctic.

  • How do these efforts incorporate the best available scientific information and technology?
  • How will the stakeholder engagement process differ from that related to other Outer Continental Shelf areas or past experiences in the Arctic?
  • What gaps remain in developing a specific approach to support prudent development of Arctic offshore oil and gas?

Join Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment for an RFF First Wednesday Seminar, where leading experts will examine offshore oil and gas leasing reform in the US Arctic. Panelists will explore how these new regulations and strategies meet the need for integrated Arctic management and what work remains to be done to design a regulatory approach that appropriately balances resource development, environmental protection, and community livelihoods. The conversation will cover recommendations put forth in the National Petroleum Council’s Arctic study (to be released at the end of March) and lessons for the Arctic from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.


Phil Sharp, President, RFF


Alan Krupnick, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of RFF’s Center for Energy and Climate Economics


William Brown, Chief Environmental Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Willie Goodwin, former Mayor of Kotzebue, Alaska; Chairman, Arctic Waterways Safety Committee; and Member, NANA Regional Elders Council

David Hayes, former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the US Department of the Interior; Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Stanford Law School
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Jan Mares, Senior Policy Advisor, RFF
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