Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 226, 8535-8536 [2016-03277]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 33 / Friday, February 19, 2016 / Notices provided in the ‘‘Instructions for Making Electronic Funds Transfer Bonus Payments’’ found on the BOEM Web site identified above. BOEM requires bidders to use EFT procedures for payment of one-fifth bonus bid deposits for CPA Sale 241, following the detailed instructions contained on the ONRR Payment Information Web page at http:// www.onrr.gov/FM/PayInfo.htm. Acceptance of a deposit does not constitute and will not be construed as acceptance of any bid on behalf of the United States. Withdrawal of Blocks The United States reserves the right to withdraw any block from this lease sale prior to issuance of a written acceptance of a bid for the block. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Acceptance, Rejection, or Return of Bids The United States reserves the right to reject any and all bids. No bid will be accepted, and no lease for any block will be awarded to any bidder, unless: (1) The bidder has complied with all requirements of the Final NOS and applicable regulations; (2) the bid submitted is the highest valid bid; and (3) the amount of the bid has been determined to be adequate by the authorized officer. Any bid submitted that does not conform to the requirements of the Final NOS and Final NOS Package, OCSLA, or other applicable statute or regulation may be rejected and returned to the bidder. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission will review the results of the lease sale for antitrust issues prior to the acceptance of bids and issuance of leases. Bid Adequacy Review Procedures for CPA Sale 241 To ensure that the U.S. Government receives a fair return for the conveyance of leases from this sale, high bids will be evaluated in accordance with BOEM’s bid adequacy procedures. A copy of the updated Bid Adequacy Procedures can be obtained from the BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Office, or via the BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region Web site at http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-GasEnergy-Program/Leasing/RegionalLeasing/Gulf-of-Mexico-Region/BidAdequacy-Procedures.aspx. BOEM published a notification in the Federal Register, 79 FR 62461–62463 (October 17, 2014), available at http:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-17/ pdf/2014-24727.pdf, proposing the elimination of one of its acceptance rules, the Number of Bids Rule, from its VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 18, 2016 Jkt 238001 bid adequacy procedures. BOEM carefully considered the comments submitted in response to the notice and met with industry representatives. BOEM believes that none of the submitted comments offered a compelling reason to retain the Number of Bids Rule, suggested a preferable alternative which BOEM had not considered, or indicated that our analysis or rationale was deficient. Therefore, BOEM removed the Number of Bids rule from its procedures. This bid adequacy change is in effect and will be applied to any bids received for the CPA Sale 241. Lease Award BOEM requires each bidder awarded a lease to: (1) Execute all copies of the lease (Form BOEM–2005 (October 2011), as amended); (2) pay by EFT the balance of the bonus bid amount and the first year’s rental for each lease issued in accordance with the requirements of 30 CFR 218.155 and 556.47(f); and (3) satisfy the bonding requirements of 30 CFR part 556, subpart I, as amended. ONRR requests that only one transaction be used for payment of the four-fifths bonus bid amount and the first year’s rental. XI. Delay of Sale The BOEM Gulf of Mexico RD has the discretion to change any date, time, and/or location specified in the Final NOS Package in case of an event that the BOEM Gulf of Mexico RD deems may interfere with the carrying out of a fair and orderly lease sale process. Such events could include, but are not limited to, natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods), wars, riots, acts of terrorism, fires, strikes, civil disorder, or other events of a similar nature. In case of such events, bidders should call (504) 736–0557, or access the BOEM Web site at http:// www.boem.gov, for information regarding any changes. Dated: February 10, 2016. Abigail Ross Hopper, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [FR Doc. 2016–03278 Filed 2–18–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8535 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [Docket No. BOEM–2015–0118; MMAA104000] Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 226 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of a Record of Decision. AGENCY: BOEM is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision for proposed oil and gas EPA Lease Sale 226. This Record of Decision identifies the Bureau’s selected alternative for proposed EPA Lease Sale 226, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2016 and 2017; Central Planning Area Lease Sales 241 and 247; Eastern Planning Area Lease Sale 226; Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS). The Record of Decision and associated information are available on the agency Web site at http://www.boem.gov/ nepaprocess/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Record of Decision, you may contact Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (GM 623E), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. You may also contact Mr. Goeke by telephone at 504–736–3233. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS, BOEM evaluated the two alternatives that are summarized below with regard to proposed EPA Lease Sale 226: Alternative A—The Proposed Action: This is BOEM’s preferred alternative. This alternative would offer for lease all unleased blocks within the proposed EPA lease sale area for oil and gas operations. All unleased blocks in the EPA that BOEM will offer for leasing in proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 are listed in the document ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing,’’ which is included in the Final Notice of Sale for EPA Lease Sale 226. The proposed EPA lease sale area covers approximately 657,905 acres (ac) and includes those blocks previously included in EPA Lease Sale 225. The area is south of eastern Alabama and western Florida; the nearest point of land is 125 miles (201 kilometers) northwest in Louisiana. As of October 2015, approximately 595,475 ac of the proposed EPA lease sale area are available for lease. The estimated SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19FEN1.SGM 19FEN1 8536 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 33 / Friday, February 19, 2016 / Notices amount of natural resources projected to be developed as a result of proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 is 0–0.071 billion barrels of oil and 0–0.162 trillion cubic feet of gas. Alternative B—No Action: This alternative is the cancellation of proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 and is identified as the environmentally preferred alternative. Lease Stipulations—The CPA 241/ EPA 226 Supplemental EIS describes all lease stipulations, which are included in the Final Notice of Sale Package. The four lease stipulations for proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 are the Protected Species Stipulation, the Military Areas Stipulation, the Evacuation Stipulation, and the Coordination Stipulation. The stipulations will be added as lease terms where applicable and will therefore be enforceable as part of the lease. Appendix A of the CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS provides a list and description of standard postlease mitigating measures that may be required by BOEM or the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as a result of plan and permit review processes for the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region. After careful consideration, BOEM has selected the proposed action, which is identified as BOEM’s preferred alternative (Alternative A) in the CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS. BOEM’s selection of the preferred alternative reflects an orderly resource development with protection of the human, marine, and coastal environments, while also ensuring that the public receives an equitable return for these resources and that free-market competition is maintained. Authority: This NOA of a Record of Decision is published pursuant to regulations (40 CFR part 1503) implementing the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Dated: February 10, 2016. Abigail Ross Hopper, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2016–03277 Filed 2–18–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [Docket No. BOEM–2015–0117] [Docket No. BOEM–2015–0119] Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Oil and Gas Western Planning Area (WPA) Lease Sale 248, MMAA104000 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. AGENCY: Notice of availability of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. ACTION: BOEM is announcing the availability of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for proposed GOM OCS Oil and Gas WPA Lease Sale 248. The Final SEIS provides a discussion of the potential significant impacts of the proposed action, provides an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, and identifies the Bureau’s preferred alternative. The Final SEIS is available on BOEM’s Web site at http:// www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/. BOEM will primarily distribute digital copies of the Final SEIS on compact discs. You may request a paper copy or the location of a library with a digital copy of the Final SEIS from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Public Information Office (GM 250C), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 250, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 (1–800–200– GULF). SUMMARY: For more information on the WPA 248 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, you may contact Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Office of Environment (GM 623E), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 or by email at wpa248@boem.gov. You may also contact Mr. Goeke by telephone at 504–736–3233. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Authority: This Notice of Availability of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and is published pursuant to 43 CFR 46.415. Dated: January 4, 2016. Abigail Ross Hopper, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [FR Doc. 2016–02653 Filed 2–18–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR––P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 18, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Central Planning Area (CPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 241; MMAA104000 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of a Record of Decision. AGENCY: BOEM is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision for proposed oil and gas CPA Lease Sale 241. This Record of Decision identifies the Bureau’s selected alternative for proposed CPA Lease Sale 241, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2016 and 2017; Central Planning Area Lease Sales 241 and 247; Eastern Planning Area Lease Sale 226; Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS). The Record of Decision and associated information are available on the agency Web site at http://www.boem.gov/ nepaprocess/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Record of Decision, you may contact Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (GM 623E), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. You may also contact Mr. Goeke by telephone at 504–736–3233. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS, BOEM evaluated the three alternatives that are summarized below with regard to proposed CPA Lease Sale 241: Alternative A—The Proposed Action: This is BOEM’s preferred alternative. This alternative would offer for lease for oil and gas operations all unleased blocks within the proposed CPA lease sale area with the following exceptions: whole and partial blocks deferred by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006; and blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap. All unleased whole and partial blocks in the CPA that BOEM will offer for leasing in proposed CPA Lease Sale 241 are listed in the document ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing,’’ which is included in the Final Notice of Sale for CPA Lease Sale 241. The proposed CPA lease sale area encompasses about 63 million acres (ac) of the total CPA area of 66.45 million acres. As of October 2015, approximately 46.9 million ac of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19FEN1.SGM 19FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 33 (Friday, February 19, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8535-8536]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03277]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

[Docket No. BOEM-2015-0118; MMAA104000]


Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Planning 
Area (EPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 226

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

ACTION: Notice of availability of a Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: BOEM is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision 
for proposed oil and gas EPA Lease Sale 226. This Record of Decision 
identifies the Bureau's selected alternative for proposed EPA Lease 
Sale 226, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease 
Sales: 2016 and 2017; Central Planning Area Lease Sales 241 and 247; 
Eastern Planning Area Lease Sale 226; Final Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement (CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS). The Record of 
Decision and associated information are available on the agency Web 
site at http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the Record of 
Decision, you may contact Mr. Gary D. Goeke, Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard (GM 
623E), New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394. You may also contact Mr. 
Goeke by telephone at 504-736-3233.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS, 
BOEM evaluated the two alternatives that are summarized below with 
regard to proposed EPA Lease Sale 226:
    Alternative A--The Proposed Action: This is BOEM's preferred 
alternative. This alternative would offer for lease all unleased blocks 
within the proposed EPA lease sale area for oil and gas operations.
    All unleased blocks in the EPA that BOEM will offer for leasing in 
proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 are listed in the document ``List of Blocks 
Available for Leasing,'' which is included in the Final Notice of Sale 
for EPA Lease Sale 226. The proposed EPA lease sale area covers 
approximately 657,905 acres (ac) and includes those blocks previously 
included in EPA Lease Sale 225. The area is south of eastern Alabama 
and western Florida; the nearest point of land is 125 miles (201 
kilometers) northwest in Louisiana. As of October 2015, approximately 
595,475 ac of the proposed EPA lease sale area are available for lease. 
The estimated

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amount of natural resources projected to be developed as a result of 
proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 is 0-0.071 billion barrels of oil and 0-
0.162 trillion cubic feet of gas.
    Alternative B--No Action: This alternative is the cancellation of 
proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 and is identified as the environmentally 
preferred alternative.
    Lease Stipulations--The CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS describes 
all lease stipulations, which are included in the Final Notice of Sale 
Package. The four lease stipulations for proposed EPA Lease Sale 226 
are the Protected Species Stipulation, the Military Areas Stipulation, 
the Evacuation Stipulation, and the Coordination Stipulation. The 
stipulations will be added as lease terms where applicable and will 
therefore be enforceable as part of the lease. Appendix A of the CPA 
241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS provides a list and description of 
standard postlease mitigating measures that may be required by BOEM or 
the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as a result of plan 
and permit review processes for the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region.
    After careful consideration, BOEM has selected the proposed action, 
which is identified as BOEM's preferred alternative (Alternative A) in 
the CPA 241/EPA 226 Supplemental EIS. BOEM's selection of the preferred 
alternative reflects an orderly resource development with protection of 
the human, marine, and coastal environments, while also ensuring that 
the public receives an equitable return for these resources and that 
free-market competition is maintained.

    Authority: This NOA of a Record of Decision is published 
pursuant to regulations (40 CFR part 1503) implementing the 
provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as 
amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

    Dated: February 10, 2016.
Abigail Ross Hopper,
Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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