Bureau of Ocean Energy Management – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; 30 CFR 550, Subpart B, Plans and Information
Document Number: 2017-27051
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.
Notice of Availability for the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018; MMAA10400
Document Number: 2017-26972
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Final Supplemental EIS). The 2018 GOM Final Supplemental EIS provides an analysis of the potential significant impacts of a proposed action (a regionwide lease sale), provides an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, and identifies BOEM's preferred alternative. This Supplemental EIS is expected to be used to inform decisions on each of the two lease sales scheduled in 2018 (i.e., proposed Lease Sales 250 and 251) and to be supplemented as necessary for future Gulf of Mexico regionwide lease sales.
Outer Continental Shelf, Alaska Region, Beaufort Sea Planning Area, Liberty Development and Production Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Re-Opening of Public Comment Period; MMAA10400
Document Number: 2017-25433
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is re-opening the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) relating to the Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. This Draft EIS was issued on August 17, 2017. The original comment period was scheduled to last from August 17 to November 18, 2017, and included public hearings in Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, Utqia[gdot]vik, and Anchorage in early October. This Federal Register Notice (Notice) re-opens the comment period, to extend from the date of this Notice to December 8, 2017. Comments received between November 18 and the date of this Notice will still be accepted and considered by BOEM. After BOEM reviews comments on the Draft EIS, BOEM will prepare a Final EIS.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2017-24630
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Pursuant to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulatory restrictions on joint bidding, the Director of the BOEM is publishing a List of Restricted Joint Bidders. Each entity within one of the following groups is restricted from bidding with any entity in any of the other following groups at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales to be held during the bidding period November 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Region-Wide Lease Sale 250; MMAA 104000
Document Number: 2017-23310
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale (NOS) for the proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 250 (GOM Region-wide Sale 250). This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 556.304(c). With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, provides affected states the opportunity to review the Proposed NOS. The Proposed NOS sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rental rates.
Agency Information Collection Activities; 30 CFR 550, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control
Document Number: 2017-23210
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Bureau of Ocean Energy (BOEM) are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; 30 CFR 581, Leasing of Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2017-22015
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.
Negotiated Noncompetitive Agreements for the Use of Sand, Gravel, and/or Shell Resources on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2017-21233
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule establishes new regulations to address the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel, and/or shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration, or coastal wetlands restoration projects by Federal, state, or local government agencies, and for use in construction projects authorized by or funded in whole or in part by the Federal Government. The final rule describes the negotiated noncompetitive agreement process for qualifying projects and codifies new and existing procedures.
Record of Decision for the Cape Wind Energy Project
Document Number: 2017-20936
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cape Wind Energy Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in this Notice of Availability (NOA). The SEIS was prepared in response to a 2016 remand order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Hopper, 827 F.3d 1077 (D.C. Cir. 2016), in which the Court vacated the 2009 Cape Wind Energy Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and ordered BOEM to supplement the EIS with adequate geological surveys before Cape Wind Associates LLC (Cape Wind) may begin construction. The SEIS presented two alternatives: The Proposed Action (affirming BOEM's issuance of the existing lease) and the No Action Alternative (requiring BOEM to rescind lease issuance). BOEM has decided to select the Proposed Action Alternative.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2017-18458
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an information collection.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Liberty Development and Production Plan in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-17481
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind Energy Project MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-16422
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project. This supplement to the 2009 Final EIS has been prepared in response to a 2016 remand order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Hopper (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details).
Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Geological and Geophysical Activities on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-16421
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for evaluating potential environmental effects of geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in OCS waters of the GOM. The Final Programmatic EIS analyzes potential impacts of the proposed action, provides an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, and identifies BOEM's preferred alternative. The Final Programmatic EIS considers G&G activities for BOEM's three programs, i.e., Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, and Marine Minerals. These activities include, but are not limited to, seismic surveys (deep-penetration and high- resolution geophysical), sidescan-sonar surveys, electromagnetic surveys, and geological and geochemical sampling. The Final Programmatic EIS also evaluates mitigation measures to reduce potential impacts of G&G activities on marine resources, such as sound impacts to marine species and bottom-disturbance impacts on benthic communities and cultural resources. The Final Programmatic EIS is available on BOEM's Web sites at http://www.boem.gov/GOM-G-G-PEIS and http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/. BOEM will primarily distribute digital copies of the Final Programmatic EIS on compact discs. You may request a paper copy or the location of a library with a paper copy of the Final Programmatic EIS from Mr. Greg Kozlowski by telephone at (504) 736-2512 or by email at greg.kozlowski@boem.gov.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 249
Document Number: 2017-14870
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision for proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM) regionwide oil and gas Lease Sale 249. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 249, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2017-2022; Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 259, and 261; Final Multisale Environmental Impact Statement (2017-2022 GOM Multisale EIS).
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 249 MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-14868
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Regionwide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 249 (GOM Regionwide Sale 249), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as amended, and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Regionwide Sale 249 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders.
Use of Outer Continental Shelf Sand Resources in the Martin County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project, Hutchinson Island, Martin County, Florida
Document Number: 2017-14867
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) that documents BOEM's decision to authorize the use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand resources by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District in the Martin County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (HSDR) Project, Hutchinson Island, Martin County, Florida. BOEM will enter into a negotiated agreement with the USACE and Martin County and make available OCS sand for use in the Martin County HSDR project.
Request for Information and Comments on the Preparation of the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program MAA104000
Document Number: 2017-13998
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is soliciting information and requesting comments on the preparation of a new five- year National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024 pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act. Upon completion, the National OCS Program for 2019-2024 will replace the National OCS Program for 2017-2022 (2017- 2022 Program), which was approved on January 17, 2017, and will succeed the National OCS Program for 2012-2017 on July 1, 2017.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-12982
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that we have submitted an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR pertains to the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 582, Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur. This notice provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: OMB Control No. 1010-0187; Project Planning for Use of OCS Sand, Gravel, and Shell Resources in Construction Projects That Qualify for a Negotiated Noncompetitive Agreement
Document Number: 2017-10878
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that we have submitted an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR pertains to the paperwork requirements that respondents will submit to BOEM to obtain Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel, and shell resources for use in shore protection, beach and coastal restoration, and other authorized projects that qualify for a negotiated noncompetitive agreement (NNA). OMB has assigned control number 1010- 0187 to this information collection. This notice provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.
Cook Inlet Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244
Document Number: 2017-10509
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in the Cook Inlet Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244 (Cook Inlet Sale 244), in accordance with provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and the implementing regulations issued thereto. The Cook Inlet Sale 244 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders.
Alaska Outer Continental Shelf, Cook Inlet Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244
Document Number: 2017-10506
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is announcing the availability of the Record of Decision for the Cook Inlet Planning Area, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244 (Lease Sale 244). This Record of Decision identifies the Bureau's selected alternative for holding Lease Sale 244, which is analyzed in the Alaska OCS: Cook Inlet Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244 in the Cook Inlet, Alaska; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) (OCS/EIS EA BOEM 2016-069). The Record of Decision and associated information are available on BOEM's Web site at https://www.boem.gov/Sale-244/.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2017-08659
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Information Collection: Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur; Proposed Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-07605
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations covered under Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur.
Information Collection: Leasing of Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf; Proposed Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-07586
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under Leasing of Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf.
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind Energy Project MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-06103
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project. This supplement to the 2009 Final EIS has been prepared in response to a 2016 remand order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Hopper, 827 F.3d 1077 (D.C. Cir. 2016). This notice serves to announce the beginning of the public comment period on the Draft SEIS.
Notice of Availability for the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 MMAA10400
Document Number: 2017-06102
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 Draft Supplemental EIS). The 2018 Draft Supplemental EIS provides an analysis of the potential significant impacts of a proposed action (a region wide lease sale) and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. This Supplemental EIS is expected to be used to inform decisions on each of the two lease sales scheduled in 2018, and to be supplemented as necessary for future Gulf of Mexico region wide lease sales. This Notice of Availability also serves to announce the beginning of the 45- day public comment period for the Draft Supplemental EIS. The Draft Supplemental EIS and associated information are available on BOEM's Web site at http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/. BOEM will primarily distribute digital copies of the Draft Supplemental EIS on compact discs. You may request a compact disc, a paper copy or the location of a library with a digital copy of the Draft Supplemental EIS from the BOEM, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Public Information Office (GM 335A), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394 or by telephone at 1-800-200-GULF.
Final Environmental Impact Statement for Outer Continental Shelf, Gulf of Mexico, 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Lease Sales 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 259, and 261
Document Number: 2017-04700
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Lease Sales 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 259, and 261. The FEIS provides a discussion of potential significant impacts of the proposed action, provides an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, and identifies BOEM's preferred alternative.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 249
Document Number: 2017-04358
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale (NOS) for the proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 249 (GOM Sale 249). This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 556.304(c). With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, provides affected states the opportunity to review the Proposed NOS. The Proposed NOS sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rental rates.
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind Energy Project MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-04247
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is giving notice of its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts. This supplement to the 2009 Final EIS will provide new analysis in response to a 2016 remand order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Hopper, No. 14-5301 (D.C. Cir.).
Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams and Supplemental Official Outer Continental Shelf Block Diagrams; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-03546
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Notice is hereby given of the availability of certain North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) based Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Official Protraction Diagrams (OPDs) and Supplemental Official OCS Block Diagrams (SOBDs) depicting geographic areas located in the Atlantic Ocean. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), in accordance with its authority and responsibility under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, is announcing the availability of maps used for the description of renewable energy, mineral, and oil and gas lease sales in the geographic areas they represent.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Cook Inlet Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244; MMAA 104000
Document Number: 2017-03548
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale (NOS) for the proposed Cook Inlet Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244 (Cook Inlet Sale 244). This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 556.304(c). With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act, provides affected States the opportunity to review the Proposed NOS. The Proposed NOS sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the lease sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rental rates.
Information Collection: Project Planning for the Use of Outer Continental Shelf Sand, Gravel, and Shell Resources in Construction Projects That Qualify for a Negotiated Noncompetitive Agreement; Proposed Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-03770
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is inviting comments on a renewal of a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements that respondents will submit to BOEM to obtain Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand, gravel, and shell resources for use in shore protection, beach and coastal restoration, and other authorized projects that qualify for a negotiated noncompetitive agreement.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments
Document Number: 2017-02983
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This rule adopts and finalizes the interim final rule which adjusted the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (FCPIA of 2015), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. This rule also implements the 2017 adjustment of the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the BOEM regulations pursuant to OCSLA, OPA, FCPIA of 2015 and OMB guidance. The 2017 adjustment of 1.01636 percent accounts for one year of inflation spanning from October 2015 to October 2016.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 7 (ATLW-7) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina-Final Sale Notice; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2017-01059
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This document is the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for the sale of one commercial wind energy lease on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, pursuant to 30 CFR 585.216. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer Lease OCS-A 0508 for sale using an ascending bidding auction format. The FSN contains information pertaining to the area available for leasing, provisions and conditions, auction details, the lease form, criteria for evaluating competing bids, award procedures, appeal procedures, and lease execution. The issuance of the lease resulting from this sale would not constitute an approval of project-specific plans to develop offshore wind energy. Such plans, if submitted by the lessee, would be subject to subsequent environmental, technical, and public reviews prior to a decision to authorize any such development.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Central Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 247
Document Number: 2016-31222
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM is announcing the availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed oil and gas Central Planning Area (CPA) Lease Sale 247. This ROD identifies the Bureau's selected alternative for proposed CPA Lease Sale 247, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2017; Central Planning Area Lease Sale 247; Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (CPA 247 Supplemental EIS). The ROD and associated information are available on BOEM's Web site at http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/.
Gulf of Mexico Central Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 247; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-31218
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in the Gulf of Mexico Central Planning Area (CPA) Lease Sale 247 (CPA Sale 247.. The CPA Sale 247 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders.
Proposed Information Collection: Beachgoer and Vessel Surveys
Document Number: 2016-30353
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a collection of information to support ocean observation planning and management on public lands and waters. The respondents will be recreationists visiting public and private Gulf Coast beaches, and coastal and offshore vessel (boat) operators in the Gulf of Mexico region. The BOEM invites public comments on this proposed collection. A Federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 6 for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York-Final Sale Notice; Correction
Document Number: 2016-30352
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Monday, October 31, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 6 (ATLW-6) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New YorkFinal Sale Notice (FSN) in the Federal Register (81 FR 75429). The FSN announced that BOEM will offer for lease an identified area offshore New York, and provided details regarding the terms of Lease OCS-A 0512 and the forthcoming auction. This Notice corrects a statement in the FSN describing the rental rate for the project easement associated with the lease, to ensure consistency with the rental rate for the project easement as specified in Addendum ``D'' to the lease.
Information Collection: General and Oil and Gas Production Requirements in the Outer Continental Shelf; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-28542
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that we have submitted an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR pertains to the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 550, Subparts A, General; and K, Oil and Gas Production Requirements, as well as associated forms. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned control number 1010-0114 to this information collection. This notice provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.
Notice of Availability of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Final Program
Document Number: 2016-28296
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Final Program (``Proposed Final Program'' or ``PFP''). This proposal is the last of three proposals for the 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program that will succeed the current, 2012-2017 Program. The PFP provides information and analyses to inform the Secretary of the Interior's (Secretary) decision on the size, timing, and location of leasing in the 2017-2022 Program. Section 18 of the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) specifies a multi-step process of consultation and analysis that must be completed before the Secretary may approve a new OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, commonly known as the Five-Year Program. The required steps following this notice include a minimum 60-day period after the submission of the PFP to the President and Congress before the Secretary may approve the 2017-2022 Program. Concurrently with this notice, and pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM is publishing a Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the 2017-2022 Program.
Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program
Document Number: 2016-28249
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of the Final 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Programmatic EIS) to inform the 2017-2022 Proposed Final Program. The Final Programmatic EIS provides a discussion of potential impacts of the proposed action, provides an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, and recognizes BOEM's preferred alternative. Under Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations at 40 CFR 1506.10(b)(2), the Secretary of the Interior will not finalize the 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program until at least 30 days after publication of the Final Programmatic EIS.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2016-26737
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Pursuant to the joint bidding provisions of 30 CFR 556.511 556.515, the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is publishing a List of Restricted Joint Bidders. Each entity within one of the following groups is restricted from bidding with any entity in any of the other following groups at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales to be held during the bidding period November 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017. This List of Restricted Joint Bidders will cover the period November 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017, and replace the prior list published on May 17, 2016, which covered the period of May 1, 2016, through October 31, 2016.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 6 (ATLW-6) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York-Final Sale Notice MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-26240
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This document is the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for the sale of one commercial wind energy lease on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore New York, pursuant to 30 CFR 585.216. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM or ``the Bureau'') will offer Lease OCS-A 0512 for sale using a multiple-factor auction format. This FSN contains information pertaining to the area available for leasing, lease provisions and conditions, auction details, the lease form, criteria for evaluating competing bids, award procedures, appeal procedures, and lease execution. The issuance of the lease resulting from this sale would not constitute an approval of project-specific plans to develop offshore wind energy. Such plans, if submitted by the lease sale winner, would be subject to subsequent environmental and public review prior to a decision to proceed with development.
Environmental Assessment for Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-26237
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM is announcing the availability of a revised environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance, site characterization activities (geophysical, geotechnical, archaeological, and biological surveys), and site assessment activities (including the installation and operation of a meteorological tower or buoys or both a tower and buoys) on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf offshore New York. The revised EA provides a discussion of potential impacts of the proposed action and an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA at 40 CFR 1500-1508, BOEM issued a FONSI supported by the analysis in the revised EA. The FONSI concluded that the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts associated with the proposed action and alternatives, as set forth in the EA, would not significantly impact the quality of the human environment; therefore, the preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. This notice is being published concurrently with the Final Sale Notice for the New York Wind Energy Area (WEA). These documents and associated information are available on BOEM's Web site at http://www.boem.gov/New-York/.
Information Collection: Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Offshore Facilities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-25943
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that we have submitted an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements for 30 CFR 553, Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Offshore Facilities, as well as the revised forms. The OMB previously approved this information collection activity, and assigned it control number 1010-0106. This notice provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.
Leasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-24586
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule clarifies the language in one section of a final rule that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016, and that became effective on May 31, 2016.
Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Geological and Geophysical Activities on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-23664
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM has prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate potential environmental effects of multiple Geological and Geophysical (G&G) activities on the Gulf of Mexico OCS. These activities include, but are not limited to, seismic surveys, sidescan-sonar surveys, electromagnetic surveys, and geological and geochemical sampling. The Draft PEIS considers G&G activities for the three program areas managed by BOEM: Oil and gas exploration and development; renewable energy; and marine minerals. This notice initiates the public review and comment period and also serves to announce public meetings on the Draft PEIS. After the public meetings and written comments on the Draft PEIS have been reviewed and considered, a Final PEIS will be prepared. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the PEIS was published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2013, and scoping comments were received during a comment period that was initially scheduled to close on June 24, 2013. The closing date of the public comment period was corrected to July 9, 2013, by publication of a Federal Register Notice on June 5, 2013.
Use of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Sand Resources for the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP) Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties, Mississippi
Document Number: 2016-22377
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM is announcing the availability of the ROD that documents BOEM's decision to authorize the use of OCS sand resources by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District in the MsCIP Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration Project (Project) in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties, Mississippi. The ROD is available at BOEM's Web site at http://www.boem.gov/Non-Energy-Minerals/Marine- Minerals-Program.aspx. BOEM will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the USACE and make available OCS sand for use in the MsCIP Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration Project.
Information Collection: General Oil and Gas and Sulphur and Production Requirements in the Outer Continental Shelf; Proposed Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-22355
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 550, Subparts A, General; and K, and Oil and Gas Production Requirements, as well as the associated forms. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned control number 1010- 0114 to this information collection.
Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Planning Area (CPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 247; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2016-22212
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM is announcing the availability of a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Planning Area (CPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 247. The Final SEIS provides a discussion of 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 the agency 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 BOEM, 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).