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BOEM and Corps of Engineers ink agreement formalizing management of offshore sand resources

News // March 8, 2017

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enhance coordination on managing sand, gravel and shell resources from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which consists of 1.7 billion acres of seafloor under federal jurisdiction.

BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank and James C Dalton, Corps Director of Civil Works, signed the agreement for the two agencies. Renee Orr, Chief of BOEM’s Office of Strategic Resources, announced the accord during her remarks at the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Coastal Summit in Washington DC.

The agreement establishes a framework for early and sustained coordination and cooperation between BOEM and the Corps. It will help each agency meet its mission by building upon the relationship they have had for more than two decades.

The MOU supports consistency in environmental compliance, project scheduling, and negotiated agreement requirements for projects proposing to use OCS sand, gravel, and shell resources, for which there has been a growing demand in recent years.

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