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Director of BOEM to be Keynote Speaker at the 5th Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference

Image: BOEM Tommy P. Beaudreau is the first director of the Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management (BOEM), which is responsible for overseeing the environmentally and economically responsible development of the Nation's offshore resources. BOEM manages the conventional and renewable ocean energy and mineral resources on 1.7 billion acres of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Mr. Beaudreau joined the Department of the Interior in June 2010 to help develop and lead the Department's aggressive reforms of offshore energy management and oversight following the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill, including the reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service. He served as the senior advisor to the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, where he played an integral role in designing and implementing the Bureau's broad reform agenda with respect to the regulation of offshore oil and gas development.

BOEM was established in October 2011. The agency's responsibilities include leasing, plan administration, environmental studies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, resource evaluation, economic analysis and the offshore renewable energy program. Prior to his work at Interior, Mr. Beaudreau was a partner at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where his practice focused on, among other things, internal investigations, including reviews of government agencies pursuing reform. Mr. Beaudreau is a graduate of Yale University and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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