Tommy Beaudreau is a partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. Mr. Beaudreau joined the Obama Administration in June 2010 to assist in leading the Department of the Interior’s reforms following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. During his six-and-a-half years at the Interior Department, Mr. Beaudreau had broad responsibility for overseeing conventional and renewable energy policy and programs on public lands and offshore. He served in several high-level leadership positions, including as the first Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2011-2014), as Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (2013-2014), and as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s Chief of Staff from 2014 to January 2017.
Last fall the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a region-wide lease sale scheduled for the spring of 2018 that would be “the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States,” offering about 77 million acres in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called the sale a bellwether for offshore development, trumpeting it as “part of our strategy to spur local and regional economic dynamism and job creation and a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy dominant” in a press release that included statements from ten members of Congress and two Gulf state governors.
Tommy Beaudreau and Jason Bordoff explore what's next for offshore oil and gas leasing under the Trump Administration.