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

Cook Inlet Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258
Document Number: 2022-25794
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Friday, December 30, 2022, 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 258 (Cook Inlet Sale 258), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as amended, and its implementing regulations. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, signed into law on August 16, 2022, requires BOEM to hold Cook Inlet Sale 258 by December 31, 2022. The Cook Inlet Sale 258 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders and consists of the Final NOS, Information to Lessees, and Lease Stipulations.
Alaska Outer Continental Shelf, Cook Inlet Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258
Document Number: 2022-25792
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cook Inlet Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258. This ROD identifies the selected alternative for Lease Sale 258, which is analyzed in the Alaska OCS: Cook Inlet Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258 in the Cook Inlet, Alaska; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) (OCS/EIS EA BOEM 2022-061). The ROD and associated information are available on BOEM's website at https://www.boem.gov/ak258.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget; Oil and Gas Production Requirements in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2022-25790
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-28
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) proposes this information collection request (ICR) to renew the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) Control Number 1010-0114.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Empire Offshore Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New York
Document Number: 2022-25034
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Empire Offshore Wind, LLC (Empire Wind) for its proposed Empire Wind Project (Project) offshore New York. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Project as described in the COP (the proposed action) and the 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 times for public hearings on the DEIS. After BOEM holds the public hearings and addresses comments provided, BOEM will publish a final environmental impact statement (EIS). The EIS will inform BOEM's decision whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the COP.
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: 2022-24195
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-07
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 this information collection request (ICR) to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0176.
Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258
Document Number: 2022-23496
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of a final environmental impact statement (Final EIS) for the Cook Inlet Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258 (Lease Sale 258). The Final EIS provides an analysis of potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and identifies BOEM's Preferred Alternative.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2022-23494
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 and BOEM's regulatory restrictions on joint bidding, BOEM is publishing this 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 groups listed below at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales held during the bidding period of November 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259
Document Number: 2022-22886
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-24
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) Region-wide Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259 (GOM Lease Sale 259). GOM Lease Sale 259 is required to be held by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. BOEM is publishing this notice pursuant to its regulatory authority. Regarding 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 and the executive of any affected local government 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.
Pacific Wind Lease Sale 1 (PACW-1) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in California-Final Sale Notice
Document Number: 2022-22871
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This Final Sale Notice (FSN) contains information pertaining to the areas available for commercial wind energy leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore California. Specifically, this FSN details 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 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer five leases for sale using a multiple-factor bidding auction format: Lease OCS-P 0561, Lease OCS-P 0562, Lease OCS-P 0563, Lease OCS-P 0564, and Lease OCS-P 0565 (Lease Areas). The issuance of any lease resulting from this sale would not constitute 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 BOEM decision on whether the proposed development should be authorized.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Leasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2022-22344
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-14
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 this information collection request (ICR) to renew Control Number 1010-0006 with revisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Oil Spill Financial Responsibility
Document Number: 2022-21271
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-30
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.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258
Document Number: 2022-20692
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-23
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 Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258 (Cook Inlet Sale 258). Cook Inlet Sale 258 is required to be held by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. BOEM is publishing this notice pursuant to its regulatory authority. Regarding oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, provides the Governor of Alaska and the executive of any affected local government the opportunity to comment on the proposed sale's size, timing, and location. 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.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Revolution Wind, LLC's Proposed Revolution Wind Farm Offshore Rhode Island
Document Number: 2022-18915
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Revolution Wind, LLC (Revolution Wind) for its proposed Revolution Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project (Project) offshore Rhode Island. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Project as described in the COP (the proposed action) and the 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 times for public hearings on the DEIS. After the comment period and public hearings, BOEM will publish a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) addressing comments received on the DEIS. The FEIS will inform BOEM's decision whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the COP.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2022-19043
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-02
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).
Adjustment of Service Fees for Outer Continental Shelf Activities
Document Number: 2022-18388
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-08-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule adjusts for inflation of certain service fees accruing to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) as provided for in BOEM regulations.
Research Lease on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Maine, Request for Competitive Interest (RFCI)
Document Number: 2022-17922
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This notice describes the State of Maine's proposal for an OCS lease in the Gulf of Maine to conduct wind energy research activities; invites indications of interest in acquiring a commercial wind energy lease within an area of approximately 68,320 acres identified in the ``Description of the RFCI Area'' section of this notice, which includes the area identified by Maine (hereinafter, the ``RFCI Area''); and solicits public input regarding Maine's proposal, the potential for commercial leasing in the RFCI Area, the potential resultant environmental impacts, and other uses of the area.
Request for Interest (RFI) in Commercial Leasing for Wind Energy Development on the Gulf of Maine Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: 2022-17921
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issues this RFI to assess interest in, and to invite public comment on, possible commercial wind energy leasing on the Gulf of Maine OCS. BOEM will consider information received in response to this RFI to determine whether to schedule a competitive lease sale or to issue a noncompetitive lease for any portion of the area described in this RFI (RFI Area). Those interested in leasing within the RFI Area for a commercial wind energy project should provide detailed and specific information described in the section of this RFI entitled ``Required Information for Indication of Commercial Interest.'' BOEM also invites all interested and potentially affected parties to comment and provide informationincluding information on environmental issues and concernsthat may be useful in the consideration of the RFI Area for commercial wind energy leases. Developers and those interested in providing public comments and information regarding site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the RFI Area should provide information requested in the section of this RFI entitled ``Requested Information from Interested or Affected Parties.'' BOEM will process the information received in response to this RFI to determine if there is competitive interest to develop renewable energy on the OCS, understand ocean uses, identify conflicts, and deconflict, as appropriate. See the section of this RFI entitled ``BOEM's Planning and Leasing Process.''
Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams and Official Protraction Aliquot Diagrams
Document Number: 2022-17853
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Notice is hereby given of the availability of new North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83)-based Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Provisional Official Protraction Diagrams (OPDs) and Provisional Official Protraction Aliquot Diagrams (OPADs) depicting geographic areas located in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and covering the extent of the area included in the ``Call for Information and Nominations Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico.''
Joint Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind 1 Offshore Wind Energy Project; Notice of Availability of Record of Decision Supplements
Document Number: 2022-17424
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of two supplements to the joint ROD on the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind 1 LLC (Vineyard Wind 1). The joint ROD included the decisions of the Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding the Vineyard Wind 1 Offshore Wind Energy Project. In the joint ROD, the USACE adopted the FEIS to support its permitting actions under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (RHA) and Clean Water Act (CWA). The ROD supplements pertain only to the USACE sections of the joint ROD. They correct clerical errors and clarify a statement. The ROD supplements are available on BOEM's website at https://www.boem.gov/Vineyard-Wind.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Future Wind Energy Development in the New York Bight; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2022-16958
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On July 15, 2022, BOEM published a notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register announcing the initiation of public scoping for a PEIS for future wind energy development in the New York Bight (NY Bight). The PEIS will analyze the potential impacts of wind energy development activities in the NY Bight, as well as the change in those impacts that could result from adopting programmatic avoidance, minimization, mitigation, and monitoring measures for the NY Bight. BOEM is extending the public scoping period. This notice announces a 15-day extension of the public scoping period from August 15, 2022, to August 30, 2022.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ocean Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New Jersey; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2022-16647
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On June 24, 2022, BOEM published a notice of availability (NOA) in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period regarding the DEIS for Ocean Wind, LLC's (Ocean Wind) construction and operations plan (COP) for a proposed wind energy facility offshore New Jersey. BOEM is extending the comment period on the DEIS. This notice announces a 15-day extension of the public comment period from August 8, 2022, to August 23, 2022. After BOEM addresses comments provided, BOEM will publish a final environmental impact statement (FEIS). The FEIS will inform BOEM's decision whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the COP.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 9 (ATLW-9) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Carolina Long Bay Area (CLBA)-Final Sale Notice (FSN)
Document Number: 2022-06507
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This FSN contains information pertaining to the areas available for commercial wind energy leasing on the OCS in the Carolina Long Bay Area. Specifically, this FSN details 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 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer two leases: Lease OCS-A 0545 and Lease OCS-A 0546. The issuance of any 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 on whether the proposed development should be authorized.
2022 Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments for Oil, Gas, and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2022-05633
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule implements the 2022 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 (FCPIAA Improvements Act) and relevant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The 2022 adjustment multiplier of 1.06222 accounts for 1 year of inflation from October 2020 through October 2021.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Evaluating Connections: BOEM's Environmental Studies and Assessments
Document Number: 2022-01722
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-28
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 a new information collection request (ICR).
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 8 (ATLW-8) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York (NY) Bight-Final Sale Notice (FSN)
Document Number: 2022-00504
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This FSN contains information pertaining to the areas available for commercial wind energy leasing on the OCS in the NY Bight. Specifically, this FSN details 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 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer six leases: Lease OCS-A 0537, Lease OCS-A 0538, Lease OCS-A 0539, Lease OCS-A 0541, Lease OCS-A 0542, and Lease OCS-A 0544 (Lease Areas). The issuance of any 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 on whether the proposed development should be authorized.
Notice of Availability of a Joint Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Fork Wind, LLC Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island
Document Number: 2021-26040
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of the joint ROD on the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by South Fork Wind, LLC (South Fork Wind). The joint ROD includes the decisions of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and NMFS regarding the South Fork Wind COP. NMFS has adopted the Final EIS to support its decision to issue an incidental take authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The joint ROD concludes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for each agency and is available with associated information on BOEM's website at: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/ south-fork.
Notice of Additional Public Scoping and Name Change for the Vineyard Wind South Project Offshore Massachusetts Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2021-25320
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On June 30, 2021, BOEM published the ``Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind South Project Offshore Massachusetts'' in the Federal Register. The Notice of Intent (NOI) announced that BOEM will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to inform its review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind, LLC (Vineyard Wind). This notice provides updated project information related to potential changes in cable routing and announces an additional EIS public scoping comment period to account for the new information. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facilities, including an updated COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: www.BOEM.gov/New-England-Wind. Also, this notice formally announces that the project's name has changed from Vineyard Wind South to New England Wind.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Mayflower Wind Project on the Northeast Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2021-23806
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC (Mayflower Wind) for the construction and operation of a wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts with proposed interconnection locations at Falmouth, Massachusetts, and at Brayton Point in Somerset, Massachusetts. This NOI announces the EIS scoping process for the Mayflower COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: www.boem.gov/mayflower-wind.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 9 (ATLW-9) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Carolina Long Bay Area-Proposed Sale Notice
Document Number: 2021-23801
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This document is the proposed sale notice (PSN) for the sale of a commercial wind energy lease on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Carolina Long Bay area offshore North Carolina (Lease Area). The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to offer a single lease using a multiple-factor bidding auction format. The PSN contains information pertaining to the areas available for leasing, certain provisions and conditions of the lease, auction details, lease forms, criteria for evaluating competing bids, award procedures, appeal procedures, and lease execution procedures. The issuance of a lease resulting from this sale, if any, 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.
Call for Information and Nominations-Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: 2021-23800
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In June 2021, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a request for interest (RFI) to gauge specific interest in obtaining commercial wind energy leases in an area on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Based on the expressions of interest received in response to the RFI, BOEM has determined that competitive interest exists in the area identified. This call for information and nominations (``Call'' or ``notice'') initiates the competitive leasing process on the GOM OCS for the area identified herein. The publication of this Call does not mean that BOEM will ultimately grant a lease to any particular party in the area identified in the GOM OCS. Rather, the publication of this Call indicates that the area described (``Call Area'') may be subject to future leasing.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258
Document Number: 2021-23505
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Cook Inlet Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 258 (Lease Sale 258). This notice marks the start of the public review and comment period and announces three virtual public hearings on the DEIS. After the public hearings and written comments on the DEIS have been reviewed and considered, a final EIS will be prepared. The DEIS and associated information, including the exploration, development and production, and decommissioning scenario (E&D Scenario) are available for review on the agency's website at https://www.boem.gov/ ak258.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2021-22580
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulatory restrictions on joint bidding, BOEM is publishing this 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 groups listed below at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales held during the bidding period of November 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022.
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 257
Document Number: 2021-21682
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 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) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 257 (GOM Lease Sale 257), in accordance with the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as amended, and the implementing regulations issued pursuant thereto. The GOM Lease Sale 257 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders and consists of the Final NOS, Information to Lessees, and Lease Stipulations.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects Offshore New Jersey
Document Number: 2021-21300
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC, (Atlantic Shores) for its Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects. The COP proposes the development, construction, and operation of two wind energy projects (Project 1 and Project 2 or, collectively, the Projects) offshore New Jersey with transmission cables making landfall in either Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sea Girt, New Jersey, or both. This NOI announces the EIS scoping process for the Atlantic Shores COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed Projects, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: https://www.boem.gov/atlantic- shores.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 257
Document Number: 2021-19174
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
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 257. This Record of Decision identifies BOEM's selected alternative for proposed Lease Sale 257, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Project on the Northeast Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf; Extension of Comment Period and Corrections
Document Number: 2021-19143
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On August 31, 2021, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published the ``Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Project on the Northeast Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf'' in the Federal Register (86 FR 48763). The NOI announced that BOEM will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) as part of its review of a construction and operations plan submitted by Sunrise Wind LLC and provided project information. The NOI stated that comments received by September 30, 2021, will be considered. This notice corrects two statements in the NOI regarding the agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the proposed foundation types. In addition, this notice extends the comment period.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Project on the Northeast Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2021-18741
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Sunrise Wind LLC (Sunrise Wind) for the construction, and operation of a wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York with a proposed interconnection location at the existing Holbrook Substation. BOEM seeks public comment for the EIS scoping process as well as comment concerning compliance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: www.boem.gov/Sunrise-Wind.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Commercial Prospecting, Noncommercial Geological and Geophysical Exploration, and Scientific Research for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulfur on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2021-17831
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
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) proposes to renew an information collection request (ICR).
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for South Fork Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island
Document Number: 2021-17829
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, BOEM announces the availability of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the construction and operation plan (COP) submitted by South Fork Wind, LLC, (South Fork Wind) for its proposed South Fork Wind Farm (SFWF) and South Fork Export Cable (SFEC) Project (Project). The FEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Project as described in the COP (the proposed action) and alternatives to the proposed action and will inform BOEM's decision whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the COP.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project Offshore North Carolina
Document Number: 2021-16282
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Kitty Hawk, LLC (Kitty Hawk) for its Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project. The COP proposes the development, construction, and operation of a wind energy facility offshore North Carolina with export cables connecting to the onshore electric grid in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This NOI announces the EIS scoping process for the Kitty Hawk COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: https://www.boem.gov/Kitty-Hawk.
Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Morro Bay, California, East and West Extensions-Call for Information and Nominations (Call or Notice)
Document Number: 2021-16134
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This Call is published to solicit public input and industry interest on potential offshore wind energy development on areas adjacent to the Morro Bay Call Area previously identified in 2018. These new areas are within a 399-square-mile area located off central California, identified as the Morro Bay 399 Area.
Research Lease Issuance for Marine Hydrokinetic Energy on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Oregon
Document Number: 2021-15998
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This notice informs the public of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM's) issuance of an executed, noncompetitive lease, Renewable Energy Lease No. OCS-P 0560, to Oregon State University for marine hydrokinetic research activities offshore Oregon and defines the size of the lease area. This notice is issued under BOEM's regulations.
Maximum Daily Civil Penalty Amounts for Violations of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act
Document Number: 2021-15388
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule amends the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations that set maximum daily civil penalty (MDCP) amounts for violations of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA). The amended BOEM regulations will cross-reference regulations of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) that also set MDCP amounts for FOGRMA violations. This cross-reference will ensure consistency between BOEM's FOGRMA MDCP amounts and ONRR's FOGRMA MDCP amounts. It will also ensure consistent compliance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act) and related Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, while reducing unnecessary duplication of effort and costs to BOEM.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Virginia
Document Number: 2021-14220
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-02
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) announces its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Dominion Energy, Inc. (Dominion or applicant). The COP proposes the construction and operation of a wind energy facility offshore Virginia, called the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project (CVOW-C or Project), with export cables and the cable landing locations in the area of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The onshore electrical portion will connect to the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) regional transmission grid. This notice of intent (NOI) announces the EIS scoping process for the Dominion COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: https://www.boem.gov/CVOW- C.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind South Project Offshore Massachusetts
Document Number: 2021-13994
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BOEM announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind, LLC (Vineyard Wind) for its Vineyard Wind South Project. The COP proposes the phased development, construction, and operation of wind energy facilities offshore Massachusetts with export cables connecting to the onshore electric grid in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. This NOI announces the EIS scoping process for the Vineyard Wind South COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facilities, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: www.BOEM.gov/Vineyard-Wind- South.
Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf- Revisions to the Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2021-13803
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-06-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI or Department), acting through BSEE and BOEM, hereby withdraws in its entirety the proposed rule published on December 9, 2020, entitled ``Revisions to the Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.''
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Empire Offshore Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facilities Offshore New York
Document Number: 2021-13408
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-24
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) announces its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the review of a construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Empire Offshore Wind, LLC (Empire). The COP proposes the construction and operation of two wind energy facilities offshore New York with two export cable routes and up to three export cable landfalls in New York. This notice of intent (NOI) announces the EIS scoping process for the Empire Wind COP. Additionally, this NOI seeks public comment and input under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facilities, including the COP, can be found on BOEM's website at: https://www.boem.gov/Empire- Wind/.
Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 8 (ATLW-8) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the New York Bight-Proposed Sale Notice
Document Number: 2021-12442
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This document is the proposed sale notice (PSN) for the sale of commercial wind energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York Bight. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to offer for sale eight lease areas (Lease Areas) using a single factor ascending-bid auction. The PSN contains information pertaining to the areas available for leasing, certain provisions and conditions of the leases, auction details, lease forms, criteria for evaluating competing bids, award procedures, appeal procedures, and lease execution. The issuance of any 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 on whether the proposed development should be authorized.
Request for Interest in Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: 2021-12267
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issues this request for interest (RFI) to assess interest in, and to invite public comment on, possible commercial wind energy leasing on the Gulf of Mexico OCS. BOEM will consider information received in response to this RFI to determine whether to schedule a competitive lease sale or to issue a noncompetitive lease for any portion of the area described in this RFI (RFI Area). Even if you are not interested in identifying specific acreage for leasing consideration, BOEM is interested in understanding potential opportunities for all types of renewable energy development throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Those interested in leasing within the RFI Area for a commercial wind energy project should provide detailed and specific information described in the section of this RFI entitled ``Required Indication of Interest Information.'' Those interested in providing public comments and information regarding site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the RFI Area should provide information requested in the section of this RFI entitled ``Requested Information from Interested or Affected Parties.'' As a result of this RFI, BOEM may or may not issue a lease for a commercial wind energy project within the RFI Area; a lease is the first step in BOEM's process to review and approve a commercial wind energy project. See the section of this RFI entitled ``BOEM's Planning and Leasing Process.''
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Revolution Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island; Reopening of Comment Period and Corrections
Document Number: 2021-11727
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On April 30, 2021, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published the ``Notice of Intent to Prepare an [EIS] for Revolution Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Rhode Island'' in the Federal Register. The NOI announced that BOEM will prepare an EIS as part of its review of a construction and operations plan submitted by Revolution Wind LLC and provided project information. The notice stated that comments received by June 1, 2021, will be considered. This notice corrects two statements in the NOI regarding the energy capacity of the proposed wind facility and its distance from shore. In addition, it reopens the comment period.