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Glossary

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
BOEM is responsible for managing environmentally and economically responsible development of the nation’s offshore resources. BOEM functions include offshore leasing, resource evaluation, review and administration of oil and gas exploration and development plans, renewable energy development, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, and environmental studies.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
BSEE is responsible for safety and environmental oversight of offshore oil and gas operations including permitting and inspections of offshore oil and gas operations. BSEE functions include the development and enforcement of safety and environmental regulations, permitting offshore exploration, development and production activities, inspections, offshore regulatory programs, and oil spill preparedness plan review.
environmental assessment
An environmental assessment is a concise public document prepared by a federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, to determine whether or not an action has significant environmental impacts. 40 CFR 1508.9.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
The Outer Continental Shelf is all submerged lands lying seaward and outside of the boundaries of the respective States, generally from 3 to 200 miles offshore.
Southern California Planning Area
A map of the Southern California OCS oil and gas production area included in this EA is available under "Additional Resources" on this page.
well stimulation treatments (WSTs)
“Well Stimulation Treatments” (WSTs) is a general term used to describe a variety of enhanced oil recovery techniques. This analysis adopts a definition of WSTs that is consistent, to the extent practical, with the definition used by the State of California in S.B. 4, and includes Diagnostic Fracture Injection Testing, Hydraulic Fracturing, Acid Fracturing, and Matrix Acidizing.