Interior announces virtual forum details


WYOMING – The Interior Department announced more information March 18 about the upcoming virtual forum regarding the federal oil and gas program, including the public’s viewing options and ability to submit written input to inform Interior’s review.

The public forum is part of Interior’s comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program as called for in Executive Order 14008 and will feature several panels to highlight perspectives from invited participants including industry representatives, labor and environmental justice organizations, natural resource advocates,  indigenous organizations and other experts.     

The virtual public forum will be on Thursday, March 25, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. It will take place via Zoom Webinar. Anyone interested in viewing may register via Zoom. A livestream will also be available at doi.gov/events. The forum will be recorded and have live captions. 

The information gathered at the forum will help inform an interim report from the Department that will be completed in early summer. The report will include initial findings on the state of the federal conventional energy programs, as well as outline next steps and recommendations for the Department and Congress to improve stewardship of public lands and waters, create jobs and build a just and equitable energy future.

Members of the public can submit additional information through April 15 to inform Interior’s interim report at [email protected].  

At 1 p.m., Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Interior leadership will make welcoming remarks.  At 1:15 pm, the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management and Bureau of Land Management will make presentations on offshore and onshore oil and gas programs. At 1:50 pm will be presentations and questions and answers by invited individuals representing environmental justice and frontline communities, academia, oil and gas industry trade associations, Indigenous organizations, conservation organizations and labor groups.

A list of participants will be updated on Interior’s website as available. The forum will adjourn at 4:30 p.m.

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