Capitol Hill Ocean Week Focuses on Climate Change, Marine Protected Areas

The recent Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 included extensive discussion about climate change, the need and desire for new marine protected areas, and accelerated action and use of executive actions to protect the ocean. Specific topics that were covered included NOAA’s re-establishment of a new national marine sanctuary nomination process, a commitment to have marine… More »


NOAA Adopts New National Marine Sanctuary Nomination Process

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has issued a final rule that establishes a new process for the nomination of new national marine sanctuaries under which communities can submit nomination applications for NOAA consideration and potential designation.  Communities are defined as a collection of interested individuals or groups; local, tribal, state, or national agencies; elected officials; or… More »


HBW Resources Offshore Energy Report

HBW Resources Offshore Energy Report Below is a summary of publicly available activities currently underway that could affect the development of offshore oil and gas resources prepared by Brent Greenfield, HBW Resources’ Director of Ocean Policy and Regulatory Affairs. DOI Seeks Comments on 2017-2022 OCS Leasing Program The Interior Department has announced the Bureau of… More »


HBW Resources Offshore Energy Report

HBW Resources Offshore Energy Report Below is a summary of publicly available activities currently underway that could affect the development of offshore oil and gas resources prepared by Brent Greenfield, HBW Resources’ Director of Ocean Policy and Regulatory Affairs.  Proposed ESA-related Draft Policy, Regulatory Revisions Released for Public Comment NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Interior Department’s Fish and… More »