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

Agency Information Collection Activities; Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas and Sulfur
Document Number: 2020-14164
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-01
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 request (ICR).
Notice of Availability of a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts and Public Meetings
Document Number: 2020-12822
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a supplement to the Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Supplement) prepared for the Construction and Operation Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind). The Supplement analyzes reasonably foreseeable effects from an expanded cumulative activities scenario for offshore wind development, previously unavailable fishing data, a new transit lane alternative, and changes to the COP since publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This notice of availability (NOA) announces the start of the public review and comment period, as well as the time and dates for virtual public meetings on the Supplement. After BOEM holds the public meetings and addresses comments provided, BOEM will prepare a final EIS.
Extension of Post-Sale Evaluation Period for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 254
Document Number: 2020-12527
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This Notice extends the post-sale evaluation period for the Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 254 (Sale 254) by an additional 30 days. BOEM will complete the post- sale evaluation process for all bids received at Sale 254 by July 16, 2020. This extension is necessary due to operational constraints for the employees located in the BOEM New Orleans office resulting from health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to current hardware and software infrastructure limitations, BOEM staff are unable to perform geophysical subsurface interpretation while teleworking from their homes. Additional in-office work is still necessary to complete the post-sale evaluation process for these bids. Louisiana has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 virus. The two most affected Louisiana parishes are Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, where the BOEM office building is located and most of the employees reside. In consideration of these factors, precautions and preventive measures were taken to keep all employees working from the safety of their homes until conditions improve.
Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance
Document Number: 2020-11573
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On April 5, 2016, BOEM published a proposed rule that would amend the regulations related to air quality measurement, evaluation, and control for oil, gas, and sulfur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The rule proposed significant revisions to existing regulations. This final rule amends the air quality management regulations applicable to activities that BOEM authorizes on the OCS of the United States in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) west of 87.5 degrees longitude and adjacent to the North Slope Borough of the State of Alaska. The air quality regulatory program (AQRP) is a component of the review and approval of plans for the exploration, development, and production of oil, gas, and sulfur on the OCS to comport with the Secretary of the Interior's separate and distinct statutory authority governing air quality. This final rule implements the Secretary of the Interior's statutory responsibility to ensure that conventional energy activities authorized under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) do not preclude compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to the extent those activities significantly affect the air quality of any State.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2020-08181
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-17
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 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 May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Project Planning for the Use of Outer Continental Shelf Sand, Gravel, and Shell Resources in Construction Projects That Qualify for a Negotiated Noncompetitive Agreement
Document Number: 2020-07992
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-16
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 request.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 254
Document Number: 2020-02717
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-12
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 254. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 254, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 254
Document Number: 2020-02716
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 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) Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 254 (GOM Region-wide Sale 254), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as amended, and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Region-wide Sale 254 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders, and consists of the NOS, information to lessees, and lease stipulations.
2020 Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments for Oil, Gas, and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2020-02059
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule implements the 2020 inflation adjustments to the maximum daily civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations for violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (FCPIA Improvements Act) and relevant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The 2020 adjustment multiplier of 1.01764 accounts for one year of inflation from October 2018 through October 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur
Document Number: 2020-01552
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-29
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 request (ICR).
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Oil and Gas Lease Sales for 2020
Document Number: 2020-00500
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This Notice advises the public that BOEM is rescinding the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the OCS Gulf of Mexico (GOM) lease sales for 2020 and subsequent GOM lease sales through 2022.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Oil and Gas Production Requirements in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-27079
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
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 request with revisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Project Planning for the Use of Outer Continental Shelf Sand, Gravel, and Shell Resources in Construction Projects That Qualify for Negotiated Noncompetitive Agreement
Document Number: 2019-26683
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-11
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 request (ICR).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Oil Spill Financial Responsibility
Document Number: 2019-25409
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-22
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 request with revisions.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales; MMAA104000
Document Number: 2019-24052
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Guidelines for Providing Information on Lighting and Marking of Structures Supporting Renewable Energy Development
Document Number: 2019-23248
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM's Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) is making available for public review its Draft Proposed Guidelines for Providing Information on Lighting and Marking of Structures Supporting Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and is inviting public comment on how they might be improved. The guidelines may be accessed at https://www.boem.gov/National-and-Regional-Guidelines-for- Renewable-Energy-Activities/.
Agency Information Collection Activities; 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-23247
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
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 request (ICR) with revisions.
Department of the Interior Policy Statement on Regulating Workplace Safety and Health Conditions on Renewable Energy Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-22826
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This policy statement clarifies the role of the Department of the Interior (DOI) in regulating workplace safety and health conditions on renewable energy facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This policy does not apply to workplace safety and health requirements for OCS marine hydrokinetic (i.e., wave, tidal, and ocean current) energy projects, for which operational requirements are within the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or OCS renewable energy facility support vessels, which are under the authority of the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Region-Wide Lease Sale 254
Document Number: 2019-21907
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-08
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 Region-wide Lease Sale 254 (GOM Region-wide Sale 254). BOEM is publishing this Notice pursuant to its regulatory authority. 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 governors of affected states the opportunity to review and comment on the Proposed NOS. The Proposed NOS describes the proposed size, timing, and location of the sale, including lease stipulations, terms and conditions, minimum bids, royalty rates, and rental rates.
Agency Information Collection Activities; 30 CFR 550, Subpart A, General, and Subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Requirements in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-19314
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-09
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 request (ICR) with revisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Offshore Facilities
Document Number: 2019-18213
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-23
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 request (ICR) with revisions.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 253
Document Number: 2019-15334
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-19
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 253. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 253, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 253
Document Number: 2019-15330
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 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) Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 253 (GOM Region-wide Sale 253), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Region-wide Sale 253 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; 30 CFR parts 550, 556, and 560, Leasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-13575
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
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.
Commercial Renewable Energy Transmission on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York and New Jersey; Notice of Proposed Grant Area and Request for Competitive Interest
Document Number: 2019-12962
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The purpose of this public notice is to: Describe the New York and New Jersey Ocean Grid proposed by Anbaric Development Partners, LLC (ADP); determine if there is competitive interest in a right-of-way (ROW) grant for renewable energy purposes in the area identified in this notice; and solicit public input regarding the proposal, its potential environmental consequences, and other uses of the area in which the proposal would be located.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-12409
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-12
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.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2019-11779
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-06
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 May 1, 2019, through October 31, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; 30 CFR Parts 550, 556, 560, Leasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-06219
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-01
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 request.
Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments
Document Number: 2019-05577
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule implements the 2019 adjustment of the level of the maximum daily civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations for violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and relevant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The 2019 adjustment multiplier of 1.02522 accounts for one year of inflation spanning the period from October 2017 through October 2018.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Region-Wide Lease Sale 253
Document Number: 2019-04699
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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 Region-wide Lease Sale 253 (GOM Region-Wide Sale 253). BOEM is publishing this Notice pursuant to its regulatory authority. 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 Governors of affected states the opportunity to review and comment on the Proposed NOS. The Proposed NOS describes the proposed size, timing, and location of the sale, including lease stipulations, terms and conditions, minimum bids, royalty rates, and rental rates.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 252
Document Number: 2019-02557
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
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 252. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 252, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 252
Document Number: 2019-02554
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 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) Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 252 (GOM Region-wide Sale 252), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Region-wide Sale 252 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders.
Agency Information Collection Activities; 30 CFR 585, Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2019-01865
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
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.
Notice of Rescheduled Public Hearings and Reopening of the Public Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts
Document Number: 2019-01705
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Federal lead agency, has rescheduled the public hearings and reopened the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operation Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind).
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Oil and Gas Lease Sales for 2020
Document Number: 2018-27877
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM is announcing its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is expected to be used to inform the decisions for each of the two proposed lease sales scheduled in 2020 and the subsequent lease sales through 2022 (2020 GOM Supplemental EIS) that are comprised of the Western and Central Planning Areas, and a small portion of the Eastern Planning Area not subject to Congressional moratorium. These planning areas are located off the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Outer Continental Shelf, Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2019-2024
Document Number: 2018-27876
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is issuing a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) covering up to ten proposed Region-wide oil and gas lease sales in the available portions of the Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas (WPA, CPA, and EPA, respectively), as included in the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (2019-2024 National Draft Proposed Program), which BOEM announced on January 4, 2018.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska Region (AK), Beaufort Sea Program Area, Proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Document Number: 2018-27176
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On November 16, 2018, consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its intent, in the Federal Register (83 FR 57749), to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Lease Sale in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. Because of earthquakes in Alaska, BOEM has rescheduled some of its scoping meetings and extended the comment period.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts
Document Number: 2018-26573
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operation Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind). The Draft EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action described in the Vineyard Wind COP and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. This Notice of Availability (NOA) announces the start of the public review and comment period, as well as the dates and locations of public hearings on the Draft EIS. After BOEM holds the public hearings and addresses comments on the Draft EIS, BOEM will prepare a Final EIS.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska Region (AK), Beaufort Sea Program Area, Proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale
Document Number: 2018-24739
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Lease Sale in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. The EIS will focus on the potential effects of leasing, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the proposed lease sale area. In addition to the no action alternative (i.e., not holding the lease sale), other alternatives will be considered. Consistent with the regulations implementing the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), BOEM is also announcing the area recommended for leasing.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2018-24257
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
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, 2018, through April 30, 2019.
Environmental Impact Statement on the Liberty Development and Production Plan in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area
Document Number: 2018-23366
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM is announcing the availability of the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. The Record of Decision identifies the Bureau's selected alternative for the Liberty DPP. The Record of Decision and associated information are available on BOEM's website at https://www.boem.gov/ liberty.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Document Number: 2018-22880
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the review of a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC (DWSF) that would allow it to construct and operate up to 15 turbines, an electric service platform offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts and an export cable to East Hampton, New York. This Notice of Intent (NOI) serves to announce the EIS scoping process for the DWSF COP. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: https://www.boem.gov/South-Fork/.
Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore California-Call for Information and Nominations (Call)
Document Number: 2018-22879
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) invites the submission of information and nominations for commercial wind leases that would allow a lessee to propose the construction of a wind energy project on the OCS offshore California, and to develop one or more projects, if approved, after further environmental review. This is not a leasing announcement, but the Call Areas or portions of Call Areas described may be available for future leasing. BOEM will use responses to this Call to gauge specific interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in some or all of the Call Areas. Any nominations submitted in response to this Call should provide detailed and specific information addressing the requirements described in the section of this notice entitled, ``Required Nomination Information.'' This Call also requests comments and information regarding site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the Call Areas that would be relevant to BOEM's review of the nominations or to any subsequent decision whether to offer all or part of the Call Areas for commercial wind leasing. In providing this information, please refer to the section of this Call entitled, ``Requested Information from Interested or Affected Parties.''
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 4A (ATLW-4A) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Massachusetts-Final Sale Notice
Document Number: 2018-22878
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This document is the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for the sale of commercial wind energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Massachusetts. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer three leases: Lease OCS-A 0520, Lease OCS-A 0521, and Lease OCS-A 0522 (Lease Areas), which are located within the former Leases OCS-A 0502 and Lease OCS-A 0503 that were unsold during the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale-4 (ATLW-4) on January 29, 2015. BOEM will use an ascending bidding auction format. The FSN contains information pertaining to the areas available for leasing, certain provisions and conditions of the leases, auction details, the lease form, criteria for evaluating competing bids, award procedures, appeal procedures, and lease execution. The issuance of the lease(s) 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 on whether the proposed development should be authorized.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Region-Wide Lease Sale 252
Document Number: 2018-21073
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
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 Region-wide Lease Sale 252 (GOM Region-wide Sale 252). BOEM is publishing this Notice pursuant to its regulatory authority. 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 Governors of affected states the opportunity to review and comment on the Proposed NOS. The Proposed NOS sets forth the proposed size, timing, and location of the sale, including lease stipulations, terms and conditions, minimum bids, royalty rates, and rental rates.
Environmental Impact Statement on the Liberty Development and Production Plan in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area
Document Number: 2018-19107
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. The FEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action described in the Liberty DPP and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action.
Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for BSEE Permitted Activities in the Southern California Planning Area 189E1700D2, ET1EE0000.PSB000, EEJJ000000
Document Number: 2018-18107
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to evaluate the potential environmental effects of reviewing and approving new applications for well drilling, conductor installation, temporary well abandonment, and other permitted downhole activities at platforms on existing leases on the Pacific OCS.
Public Input Requested on Potential Impacts to Historic Priorities: Sand Resource Assessment and Borrow Area Identification, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2018-15669
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) invites public input on the identification of historic properties or potential impacts to historic properties from a comprehensive research program of sand resource and borrow area identification on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Sand resources are identified using geophysical and geological (G&G) surveys, which constitute undertakings subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 251
Document Number: 2018-15181
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
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 251. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 251, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 251
Document Number: 2018-15180
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 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) Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 251 (GOM Region-wide Sale 251), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as amended, and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Region-wide Sale 251 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders.