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This Article analyzes mechanisms for handling consequences of the coastal dependent energy programs. Its focus is the United States Department of the Interior plan for increased oil and gas production on the outer continental shelf. Of the four coastal dependent programs, this one has progressed furthest in the implementation process. Deepwater ports are considered in connection with the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, the first federal legislation which explicitly attempts to account for national, regional, state, local, and environmental interests in energy development decision making. Because the number of liquefied natural gas terminals proposed is small and the plans for floating nuclear plants are preliminary, no specific consideration is given their coastal impacts. As these programs mature, the lessons learned from outer continental shelf development will certainly be relevant.

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