Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2012-2017, 71595-71598 [2011-29854]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Notices 8. Any contractor or subcontractor to HUD that otherwise had access to information concerning the Mortgage Loans on behalf of HUD or provided services to any person or entity which, within the two-year period prior to December 1, 2011, had access to information with respect to the Mortgage Loans on behalf of HUD; 9. Any employee, officer, director or any other person that provides or will provide services to the potential bidder with respect to such Mortgage Loans during any warranty period established for the Loan Sale, that (x) serviced any of the Mortgage Loans or performed other services for or on behalf of HUD or (y) within the two-year period prior to December 1, 2011, provided services to any person or entity which serviced, performed services or otherwise had access to information with respect to the Mortgage Loans for or on behalf of HUD; 10. Any mortgagor or operator that failed to submit to HUD on or before November 30, 2011, audited financial statements for fiscal years 2007 through 2010 (for such time as the project has been in operation or the prospective bidder served as operator, if less than three (3) years) for a project securing a Mortgage Loan; 11. Any individual or entity and any Related Party (as such term is defined in the Qualification Statement) of such individual or entity that is a mortgagor in any of HUD’s multifamily and/or healthcare housing programs and that is in default under such mortgage loan or is in violation of any regulatory or business agreements with HUD, unless such default or violation is cured on or before November 30, 2011; Prospective bidders should carefully review the Qualification Statement to determine whether they are eligible to submit bids on the Mortgage Loans in MHLS 2012–1. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Freedom of Information Act Requests HUD reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disclose information regarding MHLS 2012–1, including, but not limited to, the identity of any successful bidder and its bid price or bid percentage for any pool of loans or individual loan, upon the closing of the sale of all the Mortgage Loans. Even if HUD elects not to publicly disclose any information relating to MHLS 2012–1, HUD will have the right to disclose any information that HUD is obligated to disclose pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and all regulations promulgated thereunder. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 Scope of Notice This notice applies to MHLS 2012–1 and does not establish HUD’s policy for the sale of other mortgage loans. Dated: November 14, 2011. Carol J. Galante, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing— Federal Housing Commissioner. [FR Doc. 2011–29920 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2012–2017 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Call for Information and Nominations/Notice of Intent (Call/NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). AGENCY: This Call for Information and Nominations (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘Call’’) is the initial step in a multi-sale process covering all lease sales in the Eastern Planning Area (EPA) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to be included in the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012–2017. Two EPA lease sales are specifically covered by this Call. Simultaneously with this Call, BOEM is preparing a multi-sale EIS covering the same sales in the EPA. Comments received in response to the NOI will assist BOEM in developing the scope of the EIS. DATES: Information and Nominations submitted in response to the Call must be received no later than December 19, 2011. Comments on the NOI must be received no later than January 3, 2012 at the addresses specified below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Call, please contact Mr. Carrol Williams, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5422), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, telephone (504) 736–2803. For information on the NOI, you may contact Mr. Gary Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5412), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, telephone (504) 736–3233. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 8, 2011, the Department of the Interior released a Proposed OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012–2017. The OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2012–2017 Draft PEIS, prepared by SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71595 BOEM to support the Proposed Program, is available for comment through January 9, 2012. This multi-sale Call covers only the lease sales in the EPA that are proposed for inclusion in the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012–2017. Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224 was held on March 19, 2008. The EIS which will be prepared subsequent to this Call/NOI will analyze a larger area in the EPA than was addressed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224, Final Supplemental EIS (OCS EIS/EA BOEMRE 2007–060); this EIS will address the lease Sale 224 area plus the 109,977-acre triangular area located immediately south of the Lease Sale 224 area. Call for Information and Nominations 1. Authority This Call is published pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.), and the implementing regulations (30 CFR part 556). 2. Purpose of Call The purpose of the Call is to gather information for the following tentatively scheduled OCS lease sales: OCS planning area sale EPA Sale 225 ........................... EPA Sale 226 ........................... Tentative lease sale year 2014 2016 BOEM seeks information and nominations on oil and gas leasing, exploration, development, and production within this portion of the EPA from all interested parties. This early planning and consultation step ensures that all interests and concerns are communicated to the Department of the Interior for its future decisions in the leasing process pursuant to section 18 of OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1344) and implementing regulations (30 CFR part 556). Pursuant to section 18 of OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1344), the Secretary of the Interior is separately developing the 5-year Program for 2012–2017; this Call should not be construed as a prejudgment by the Secretary concerning any area to be made available for leasing under the 2012– 2017 5-year Program. This Call does not indicate a preliminary decision to lease in the area described below. Leasing within this area will be in compliance with applicable laws including all requirements of the National E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 71596 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Notices Environmental Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act and OCSLA and established departmental procedures. 3. Description of Area The general area of this Call covers approximately 657,905 acres in the EPA in the GOM, which includes the Sale 224 Area and a triangular area south of the Sale 224 area. The entire Sale 225 area is bordered on the north by a 200mile buffer drawn south of the Florida coastline, on the west by the Central Planning Area boundary, and on the east by the Military Mission Line (86° 41′ W). The area is south of eastern Alabama and western Florida; the nearest point of land is 125 miles northwest in Louisiana. A standard Call for Information Map depicting this portion of the EPA is available without charge from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, or by telephone at 1–(800)– 200–GULF. The map is also available via the BOEM Web site at http:// www.boem.gov. 4. Instructions on the Call mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Indications of interest and comments must be received no later than 30 days following publication of this document in the Federal Register in envelopes labeled ‘‘Comments on the Call for Information for EPA Lease Sales for the years 2012–2017 in the GOM,’’ submitted to the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region’s Leasing and Financial Responsibility Section (Attention: Mr. Carrol Williams) at the previously noted address. The standard Call for Information Map delineates the Call area, all of which has been identified by BOEM as having potential for the discovery of accumulations of oil and gas. Comments are sought from all interested parties about particular geological, environmental (including natural disasters), biological, archaeological, and socioeconomic conditions or conflicts, or other information that might bear upon the potential leasing and development of this area. Comments are also sought on potential conflicts between future OCS oil and gas activities that may result from the proposed lease sale and State Coastal Management Programs (CMPs). If possible, these comments should identify specific CMP policies of concern, the nature of the conflict foreseen, and steps that BOEM could take to avoid or mitigate the potential conflict. Comments may be in terms of broad areas or restricted to particular blocks of concern. Those submitting comments are requested to list block numbers or outline the subject area on the standard Call for Information Map. 5. Use of Information From Call Information submitted in response to this Call will be used for several purposes. First, comments on possible environmental effects and potential use conflicts will be used in the analysis of environmental conditions in and near the Call area. Comments on environmental and other use conflicts will be used to make a preliminary determination of the potential advantages and disadvantages of oil and gas exploration and development to the region and the Nation. A second purpose for this Call is to use the comments collected in the scoping process to develop proposed actions and alternatives. Third, comments may be used in developing lease terms and conditions to ensure environmentally safe offshore operations. Finally, comments may be used to assess potential conflicts between offshore gas and oil activities and State CMPs. Individual indications of interest in areas for mineral leasing are considered to be privileged and proprietary information. The names of persons or entities submitting comments or indicating interest will be treated by BOEM as information that may be released to the public. Comments will likewise be released, except that actual individual indications of interest in areas for mineral leasing, trade secrets, commercial or financial information will be treated as confidential and proprietary information that is privileged and will not be released to the public. 6. Existing Information BOEM routinely assesses the status of information acquisition efforts and the quality of the information base for potential decisions on tentatively scheduled lease sales. An extensive environmental studies program has been underway in the GOM since 1973. The emphasis, including continuing studies, has been on ‘‘environmental analysis’’ of biologically sensitive habitats, physical oceanography, oceancirculation modeling, ecological and socio-economic effects of oil and gas activities, and the effects of hurricanes on coastal communities and environments. You may obtain a complete listing of available study reports and information for ordering copies from the Public Information Office referenced above. You may also order the reports for a fee by contacting the U.S. Department of Commerce at: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, 5301 Shawnee Road, Springfield, Virginia 22312, or by telephone: (703) 605–6000 or (800) 553– 6847. In addition, you may obtain a program status report for continuing studies in this area by contacting BOEM at: Chief, Environmental Sciences Section (MS 5430), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, by telephone: (504) 736– 2752, or via the BOEM Web site at http://www.boem.gov/EnvironmentalStewardship/Environmental-Studies/ Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/GOMRStudies.aspx. 7. Tentative Schedule for the First EPA Sale NOI to Prepare an EIS ................................................................................................................................................... Call for Information and Nominations ............................................................................................................................. Comments Received on Call .......................................................................................................................................... Comments Received on NOI .......................................................................................................................................... Scoping Meetings ........................................................................................................................................................... Area Identification Decision ............................................................................................................................................ Draft EIS Published ........................................................................................................................................................ Public Hearings on Draft EIS ......................................................................................................................................... Final EIS Published ........................................................................................................................................................ Proposed Notice of Sale and Coastal Zone Management Consistency Determination ................................................ Final Notice of Sale ........................................................................................................................................................ Tentative Lease Sale Date ............................................................................................................................................. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 November 2011. November 2011. December 2011. January 2012. January 2012. February 2012. July–August 2012. September 2012. April 2013. September–October 2014. February 2014. March 2014. Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Notices Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement 1. Authority The NOI is published pursuant to the regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) implementing the provisions of the NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. (1988)). 2. Purpose of the Notice of Intent Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA, BOEM is announcing its intent to prepare an EIS on oil and gas lease sales tentatively scheduled in 2012– 2017 in the EPA offshore the States of Alabama and Florida. The NOI serves to announce the scoping process for this EIS. Throughout the scoping process, Federal, state, and local government agencies and other interested parties have the opportunity to aid BOEM in determining the significant issues and alternatives for analysis in the EIS. BOEM will use and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to satisfy the public involvement process for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f), as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3). The EIS analysis will focus on the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development, and production in the area identified through the Area Identification process as the proposed lease sale areas. In addition to the no action alternative (i.e., hold no sale), other alternatives may be considered for each sale such as deferring certain areas from the proposed lease sales. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 3. Supplemental Information On July 18, 2008, the President announced the lifting of the Presidential Withdrawal for all areas of the OCS except for marine sanctuaries. The lifting of this withdrawal made available some acreage in the Gulf of Mexico that is not under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act moratoria. One of these areas in the EPA is a triangle approximately 39 miles long and approximately 8 miles wide at its widest point with blocks and portions of blocks in the Lloyd Ridge and Henderson areas; it is immediately south of the Sale 224 Area. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 For more information on the EIS, you may contact Mr. Gary Goeke at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5412), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. 4. Cooperating Agency BOEM invites other Federal agencies and state, Tribal, and local governments to consider becoming cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. We invite qualified government entities to inquire about cooperating agency status for the EIS. Following the guidelines from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), qualified agencies and governments are those with ‘‘jurisdiction by law or special expertise.’’ Potential cooperating agencies should consider their authority and capacity to assume the responsibilities of a cooperating agency and note that an agency’s role in the environmental analysis neither enlarges nor diminishes the final decisionmaking authority of any other agency involved in the NEPA process. Upon request, BOEM will provide potential cooperating agencies with a written summary of ground rules for cooperating agencies, including time schedules and critical action dates, milestones, responsibilities, scope and detail of cooperating agencies’ contributions, and the availability of pre-decisional information. BOEM anticipates this summary will form the basis for a Memorandum of Understanding between BOEM and each cooperating agency. Agencies should also consider the ‘‘Factors for Determining Cooperating Agency Status’’ in Attachment 1 to CEQ’s January 30, 2002, Memorandum for the Heads of Federal Agencies: Cooperating Agencies in Implementing the Procedural Requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. A copy of this document is available at http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ cooperating/ cooperatingagenciesmemorandum.html and http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ cooperating/ cooperatingagencymemofactors.html. BOEM, as the lead agency, will not provide financial assistance to cooperating agencies. Yet, even if an organization is not a cooperating PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71597 agency, opportunities exist to provide information and comments to BOEM during the normal public input phases of the NEPA/EIS process. If further information about cooperating agencies is needed, please contact Mr. Gary Goeke at (504) 736–3233. 5. Comments Federal, state, and local government agencies and other interested parties are requested to send their written comments on the scope of the EIS, significant issues that should be addressed, alternatives that should be considered, and scenario development in either of the following ways: a. In written form enclosed in an envelope labeled ‘‘Comments on the EIS’’ and mailed (or hand carried) to the Regional Supervisor, Environment (MS 5400), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. b. Electronically to the BOEM email address: Gary.Goeke@boem.gov. Comments should be submitted no later than 45 days from the publication of this NOI. Notice of Public Scoping Meetings on the Environmental Impact Statement Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), BOEM will hold public scoping meetings in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida on the EIS for the tentatively scheduled 2012– 2017 oil and gas leasing proposal in the EPA. The purpose of these meetings will be to solicit comments on the scope of the EIS. The public scoping meetings will be scheduled at a later date and a FR notice will be published announcing the date, time and location of the meetings. For further information about the scoping meetings, contact Mr. Gary Goeke at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5412), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, or by telephone (504) 736– 3233. Dated: November 7, 2011. Tommy P. Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 71598 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The FONSI was signed on September 30, 2010. The CCP and FONSI are available now. Implementation of the CCP can begin immediately. Fish and Wildlife Service ADDRESSES: DATES: [FR Doc. 2011–29854 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P [FWS–R1–R–2010–N248; 1265–0000–10137– S3] Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Honolulu County, HI; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the CCP for Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). The CCP describes how we will manage the Refuge for the next 15 years. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 You may view or obtain copies of the Final CCP and FONSI/EA by any of the following methods. You may request a hard copy or CD–ROM. Agency Web site: Download a copy of the document(s) at http://www.fws.gov/ pacific/planning/main/docs/HI-PI/ docsjcpearl.htm. Email: Laura_Beauregard@fws.gov. Include ‘‘Pearl Harbor final CCP’’ in the subject. Mail: O‘ahu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 66–590 Kamehameha Highway, Room 2C, Hale‘iwa, HI 96712. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Ellis, Project Leader, (808) 637– 6330. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction With this notice, we finalize the CCP process for the Refuge. We started this process through a notice in the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Register (73 FR 72826; December 1, 2008). We released the Draft CCP/EA to the public, announcing and requesting comments in a notice of availability in the Federal Register (75 FR 56130; September 15, 2010). Pearl Harbor Refuge is located on the southern coast of the island of O‘ahu and is comprised of three units, the Honouliuli Unit, Waiawa Unit, and Kalaeloa Unit. The Honouliuli and Waiawa units are wetland units located on the shores of Pearl Harbor. The 37acre Honouliuli Unit and 25-acre Waiawa Unit were established in 1972 to protect and enhance habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Habitats found on these units include open water, freshwater marsh, mudflat, grassland, and shrubland. The units provide important breeding, feeding, and resting areas for endangered waterbirds, a variety of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland birds. Neither unit is open to the general public; however, a grade school wetland education program is administered under a special use permit at the Honouliuli Unit. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 223 (Friday, November 18, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71595-71598]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29854]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Oil and 
Gas Lease Sales for Years 2012-2017

AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

ACTION: Call for Information and Nominations/Notice of Intent (Call/
NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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SUMMARY: This Call for Information and Nominations (hereinafter 
referred to as ``Call'') is the initial step in a multi-sale process 
covering all lease sales in the Eastern Planning Area (EPA) in the Gulf 
of Mexico (GOM) to be included in the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 
for 2012-2017. Two EPA lease sales are specifically covered by this 
Call. Simultaneously with this Call, BOEM is preparing a multi-sale EIS 
covering the same sales in the EPA. Comments received in response to 
the NOI will assist BOEM in developing the scope of the EIS.

DATES: Information and Nominations submitted in response to the Call 
must be received no later than December 19, 2011. Comments on the NOI 
must be received no later than January 3, 2012 at the addresses 
specified below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Call, please 
contact Mr. Carrol Williams, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of 
Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5422), New Orleans, 
Louisiana 70123-2394, telephone (504) 736-2803. For information on the 
NOI, you may contact Mr. Gary Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 
Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5412), New 
Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, telephone (504) 736-3233.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 8, 2011, the Department of the 
Interior released a Proposed OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-
2017. The OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2012-2017 Draft PEIS, 
prepared by BOEM to support the Proposed Program, is available for 
comment through January 9, 2012. This multi-sale Call covers only the 
lease sales in the EPA that are proposed for inclusion in the OCS Oil 
and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017.
    Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224 was held on March 19, 
2008. The EIS which will be prepared subsequent to this Call/NOI will 
analyze a larger area in the EPA than was addressed in the Gulf of 
Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224, Final Supplemental EIS (OCS EIS/
EA BOEMRE 2007-060); this EIS will address the lease Sale 224 area plus 
the 109,977-acre triangular area located immediately south of the Lease 
Sale 224 area.

Call for Information and Nominations

1. Authority

    This Call is published pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf 
Lands Act (OCSLA) as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.), and the 
implementing regulations (30 CFR part 556).

2. Purpose of Call

    The purpose of the Call is to gather information for the following 
tentatively scheduled OCS lease sales:

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                                                              Tentative
                  OCS planning  area sale                     lease sale
                                                                 year
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EPA Sale 225...............................................         2014
EPA Sale 226...............................................         2016
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    BOEM seeks information and nominations on oil and gas leasing, 
exploration, development, and production within this portion of the EPA 
from all interested parties. This early planning and consultation step 
ensures that all interests and concerns are communicated to the 
Department of the Interior for its future decisions in the leasing 
process pursuant to section 18 of OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1344) and 
implementing regulations (30 CFR part 556).
    Pursuant to section 18 of OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1344), the Secretary of 
the Interior is separately developing the 5-year Program for 2012-2017; 
this Call should not be construed as a prejudgment by the Secretary 
concerning any area to be made available for leasing under the 2012-
2017 5-year Program.
    This Call does not indicate a preliminary decision to lease in the 
area described below. Leasing within this area will be in compliance 
with applicable laws including all requirements of the National

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Environmental Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act and OCSLA and 
established departmental procedures.

3. Description of Area

    The general area of this Call covers approximately 657,905 acres in 
the EPA in the GOM, which includes the Sale 224 Area and a triangular 
area south of the Sale 224 area. The entire Sale 225 area is bordered 
on the north by a 200-mile buffer drawn south of the Florida coastline, 
on the west by the Central Planning Area boundary, and on the east by 
the Military Mission Line (86[deg] 41' W). The area is south of eastern 
Alabama and western Florida; the nearest point of land is 125 miles 
northwest in Louisiana. A standard Call for Information Map depicting 
this portion of the EPA is available without charge from the Bureau of 
Ocean Energy Management, Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 
Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, or by 
telephone at 1-(800)-200-GULF. The map is also available via the BOEM 
Web site at http://www.boem.gov.

4. Instructions on the Call

    Indications of interest and comments must be received no later than 
30 days following publication of this document in the Federal Register 
in envelopes labeled ``Comments on the Call for Information for EPA 
Lease Sales for the years 2012-2017 in the GOM,'' submitted to the Gulf 
of Mexico OCS Region's Leasing and Financial Responsibility Section 
(Attention: Mr. Carrol Williams) at the previously noted address.
    The standard Call for Information Map delineates the Call area, all 
of which has been identified by BOEM as having potential for the 
discovery of accumulations of oil and gas.
    Comments are sought from all interested parties about particular 
geological, environmental (including natural disasters), biological, 
archaeological, and socioeconomic conditions or conflicts, or other 
information that might bear upon the potential leasing and development 
of this area. Comments are also sought on potential conflicts between 
future OCS oil and gas activities that may result from the proposed 
lease sale and State Coastal Management Programs (CMPs). If possible, 
these comments should identify specific CMP policies of concern, the 
nature of the conflict foreseen, and steps that BOEM could take to 
avoid or mitigate the potential conflict. Comments may be in terms of 
broad areas or restricted to particular blocks of concern. Those 
submitting comments are requested to list block numbers or outline the 
subject area on the standard Call for Information Map.

5. Use of Information From Call

    Information submitted in response to this Call will be used for 
several purposes. First, comments on possible environmental effects and 
potential use conflicts will be used in the analysis of environmental 
conditions in and near the Call area. Comments on environmental and 
other use conflicts will be used to make a preliminary determination of 
the potential advantages and disadvantages of oil and gas exploration 
and development to the region and the Nation. A second purpose for this 
Call is to use the comments collected in the scoping process to develop 
proposed actions and alternatives. Third, comments may be used in 
developing lease terms and conditions to ensure environmentally safe 
offshore operations. Finally, comments may be used to assess potential 
conflicts between offshore gas and oil activities and State CMPs.
    Individual indications of interest in areas for mineral leasing are 
considered to be privileged and proprietary information. The names of 
persons or entities submitting comments or indicating interest will be 
treated by BOEM as information that may be released to the public. 
Comments will likewise be released, except that actual individual 
indications of interest in areas for mineral leasing, trade secrets, 
commercial or financial information will be treated as confidential and 
proprietary information that is privileged and will not be released to 
the public.

6. Existing Information

    BOEM routinely assesses the status of information acquisition 
efforts and the quality of the information base for potential decisions 
on tentatively scheduled lease sales. An extensive environmental 
studies program has been underway in the GOM since 1973. The emphasis, 
including continuing studies, has been on ``environmental analysis'' of 
biologically sensitive habitats, physical oceanography, ocean-
circulation modeling, ecological and socio-economic effects of oil and 
gas activities, and the effects of hurricanes on coastal communities 
and environments.
    You may obtain a complete listing of available study reports and 
information for ordering copies from the Public Information Office 
referenced above. You may also order the reports for a fee by 
contacting the U.S. Department of Commerce at: U.S. Department of 
Commerce, National Technical Information Service, 5301 Shawnee Road, 
Springfield, Virginia 22312, or by telephone: (703) 605-6000 or (800) 
553-6847. In addition, you may obtain a program status report for 
continuing studies in this area by contacting BOEM at: Chief, 
Environmental Sciences Section (MS 5430), Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New 
Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, by telephone: (504) 736-2752, or via the 
BOEM Web site at http://www.boem.gov/Environmental-Stewardship/Environmental-Studies/Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/GOMR-Studies.aspx.

7. Tentative Schedule for the First EPA Sale

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NOI to Prepare an EIS......................................  November 2011.
Call for Information and Nominations.......................  November 2011.
Comments Received on Call..................................  December 2011.
Comments Received on NOI...................................  January 2012.
Scoping Meetings...........................................  January 2012.
Area Identification Decision...............................  February 2012.
Draft EIS Published........................................  July-August 2012.
Public Hearings on Draft EIS...............................  September 2012.
Final EIS Published........................................  April 2013.
Proposed Notice of Sale and Coastal Zone Management          September-October 2014.
 Consistency Determination.
Final Notice of Sale.......................................  February 2014.
Tentative Lease Sale Date..................................  March 2014.
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Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

1. Authority

    The NOI is published pursuant to the regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) 
implementing the provisions of the NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
4321 et seq. (1988)).

2. Purpose of the Notice of Intent

    Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions 
of NEPA, BOEM is announcing its intent to prepare an EIS on oil and gas 
lease sales tentatively scheduled in 2012-2017 in the EPA offshore the 
States of Alabama and Florida. The NOI serves to announce the scoping 
process for this EIS. Throughout the scoping process, Federal, state, 
and local government agencies and other interested parties have the 
opportunity to aid BOEM in determining the significant issues and 
alternatives for analysis in the EIS. BOEM will use and coordinate the 
NEPA commenting process to satisfy the public involvement process for 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f), 
as provided for in 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3).
    The EIS analysis will focus on the potential environmental and 
socioeconomic effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, 
development, and production in the area identified through the Area 
Identification process as the proposed lease sale areas. In addition to 
the no action alternative (i.e., hold no sale), other alternatives may 
be considered for each sale such as deferring certain areas from the 
proposed lease sales.

3. Supplemental Information

    On July 18, 2008, the President announced the lifting of the 
Presidential Withdrawal for all areas of the OCS except for marine 
sanctuaries. The lifting of this withdrawal made available some acreage 
in the Gulf of Mexico that is not under the Gulf of Mexico Energy 
Security Act moratoria. One of these areas in the EPA is a triangle 
approximately 39 miles long and approximately 8 miles wide at its 
widest point with blocks and portions of blocks in the Lloyd Ridge and 
Henderson areas; it is immediately south of the Sale 224 Area.
    For more information on the EIS, you may contact Mr. Gary Goeke at 
the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 
Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5412), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394.

4. Cooperating Agency

    BOEM invites other Federal agencies and state, Tribal, and local 
governments to consider becoming cooperating agencies in the 
preparation of the EIS. We invite qualified government entities to 
inquire about cooperating agency status for the EIS. Following the 
guidelines from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), qualified 
agencies and governments are those with ``jurisdiction by law or 
special expertise.'' Potential cooperating agencies should consider 
their authority and capacity to assume the responsibilities of a 
cooperating agency and note that an agency's role in the environmental 
analysis neither enlarges nor diminishes the final decisionmaking 
authority of any other agency involved in the NEPA process. Upon 
request, BOEM will provide potential cooperating agencies with a 
written summary of ground rules for cooperating agencies, including 
time schedules and critical action dates, milestones, responsibilities, 
scope and detail of cooperating agencies' contributions, and the 
availability of pre-decisional information. BOEM anticipates this 
summary will form the basis for a Memorandum of Understanding between 
BOEM and each cooperating agency. Agencies should also consider the 
``Factors for Determining Cooperating Agency Status'' in Attachment 1 
to CEQ's January 30, 2002, Memorandum for the Heads of Federal 
Agencies: Cooperating Agencies in Implementing the Procedural 
Requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. A copy of this 
document is available at http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/nepa/regs/cooperating/cooperatingagenciesmemorandum.html and http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/nepa/regs/cooperating/cooperatingagencymemofactors.html.
    BOEM, as the lead agency, will not provide financial assistance to 
cooperating agencies. Yet, even if an organization is not a cooperating 
agency, opportunities exist to provide information and comments to BOEM 
during the normal public input phases of the NEPA/EIS process. If 
further information about cooperating agencies is needed, please 
contact Mr. Gary Goeke at (504) 736-3233.

5. Comments

    Federal, state, and local government agencies and other interested 
parties are requested to send their written comments on the scope of 
the EIS, significant issues that should be addressed, alternatives that 
should be considered, and scenario development in either of the 
following ways:
    a. In written form enclosed in an envelope labeled ``Comments on 
the EIS'' and mailed (or hand carried) to the Regional Supervisor, 
Environment (MS 5400), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of 
Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 
70123-2394.
    b. Electronically to the BOEM email address: Gary.Goeke@boem.gov.
    Comments should be submitted no later than 45 days from the 
publication of this NOI.

Notice of Public Scoping Meetings on the Environmental Impact Statement

    Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions 
of NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), BOEM will hold public scoping 
meetings in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida on the EIS for the 
tentatively scheduled 2012-2017 oil and gas leasing proposal in the 
EPA. The purpose of these meetings will be to solicit comments on the 
scope of the EIS. The public scoping meetings will be scheduled at a 
later date and a FR notice will be published announcing the date, time 
and location of the meetings.
    For further information about the scoping meetings, contact Mr. 
Gary Goeke at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS 
Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (MS 5412), New Orleans, Louisiana 
70123-2394, or by telephone (504) 736-3233.

    Dated: November 7, 2011.
Tommy P. Beaudreau,
Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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