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Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Gulf of Maine Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Call for Information and Nominations
Document Number: 2023-08670
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This call for information and nominations (Call or notice) invites public comment on, and assesses interest in, possible commercial wind energy leasing on the U.S. OCS in the Gulf of Maine. On August 19, 2022, BOEM initiated the competitive leasing process by issuing a request for interest (RFI) to solicit indications of interest and other information for BOEM to determine whether competitive interest existed for scheduling lease sales. This Call represents the next step in the competitive leasing process. The Call area is identified and described in section 6 below. Those interested in providing comments or information regarding site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to or within the Call area should provide the information requested in section 7, ``Requested Information from Interested or Affected Parties,'' under the ``Supplementary Information'' heading of this Call. Those interested in leasing within the Call area for a commercial wind energy project should provide the information described in section 8, ``Required Nomination Information,'' under ``Supplementary Information.'' BOEM may or may not offer a lease for a commercial offshore wind energy project within the Call area after further government consultations, public participation, and environmental analyses.
Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams and Official Protraction Aliquot Diagrams
Document Number: 2023-08444
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This notice announces the availability of the new North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83)-based Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) official protraction diagrams (OPDs) and official protraction aliquot diagrams (OPADs) depicting geographic areas in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). These diagrams may be used for the description of potential renewable energy and mineral lease sales in the geographic areas that the diagrams represent.
Oil Spill Financial Responsibility Adjustment of the Limit of Liability for Offshore Facilities
Document Number: 2023-07931
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-04-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issues this final rule to adjust the offshore facility limit of liability for damages under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 2016. This rule increases the OPA offshore facility limit of liability for damages from $137,659,500 to $167,806,900. In addition to damages, responsible parties continue to be liable for all removal costs associated with any oil spill or discharge.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for SouthCoast Wind Energy, LLC's (Formerly Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC) Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2023-06980
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On February 17, 2023, BOEM published a notice of availability (NOA) in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period regarding the DEIS for SouthCoast Wind Energy, LLC's (SouthCoast Wind) construction and operations plan (COP) for a proposed wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts. BOEM is extending the comment period on the DEIS. This notice announces a 15-day extension of the public comment period from April 3, 2023, to April 18, 2023. 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.
Renewable Energy Modernization Rule
Document Number: 2023-06924
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-04-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
We, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), are extending the public comment period on our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled ``Renewable Energy Modernization Rule'' by 30 days. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully considered.
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: 2023-06320
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-03-28
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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0187.
Notice of Determination of No Competitive Interest (DNCI) in a Proposed Research Lease Area on the Gulf of Maine Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: 2023-05639
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-03-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM provides notice of its determination that competitive interest does not exist in the area identified in ``Research Lease on the [OCS] in the Gulf of Maine, Request for Competitive Interest (RFCI)'' published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2022. BOEM published that RFCI after receiving an OCS renewable energy research lease application from the State of Maine Governor's office in October 2021. BOEM received complete submissions in response to the RFCI from two qualified entities. Upon review of the whole record, including the two responses, BOEM determined that any interest in the lease area is not competitive.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261
Document Number: 2023-05259
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-03-15
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 (Proposed NOS) for the proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 261 (GOM Lease Sale 261). GOM Lease Sale 261 is required by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. BOEM is publishing this notice pursuant to its regulatory authority. Pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act the Secretary of the Interior 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Plans and Information
Document Number: 2023-04402
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-03-03
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 with revisions the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0151.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulfur
Document Number: 2023-04400
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-03-03
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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0081.
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259
Document Number: 2023-03973
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-02-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Regionwide Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259 (GOM Lease Sale 259), in accordance with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as amended, and its implementing regulations. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 requires BOEM to hold GOM Lease Sale 259 by March 31, 2023. The GOM Lease Sale 259 Final Notice of Sale (NOS) package contains information essential to potential bidders and comprises this notice, Information to Lessees, and Lease Stipulations.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259
Document Number: 2023-03972
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-02-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259 (GOM Lease Sale 259). This ROD identifies the selected alternative for GOM Lease Sale 259, which is analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sales 259 and 261: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (GOM Lease Sales 259 and 261 Supplemental EIS).
Proposed Sale Notice for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico (GOMW-1)
Document Number: 2023-03842
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-02-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to offer one or more lease areas (Lease Areas) for commercial wind power development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The Lease Areas are located in the previously identified wind energy areas (WEA) offshore Lake Charles, LA, and Galveston, TX. This proposed sales notice (PSN) contains information pertaining to the areas available for leasing, certain lease provisions and conditions, auction details, criteria for evaluating competing bids, and procedures for lease award, appeals, and lease execution. BOEM proposes simultaneous auctions for the Lease Areas within each WEA using a multiple-factor bidding format. Any lease resulting from this sale does not constitute approval of any offshore wind energy facilities. Lessees must submit project-specific plans to BOEM for approval before starting construction of an OCS wind energy facility. BOEM will subject such plans to environmental, technical, and public reviews prior to deciding whether the proposed development should be authorized.
Agency Information Collection Activities; North Atlantic Right Whale Research and Management Activities
Document Number: 2023-03882
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-02-24
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 a new information collection request (ICR).
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for SouthCoast Wind Energy, LLC's (Formerly Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC) Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts
Document Number: 2023-03271
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-02-17
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 SouthCoast Wind Energy, LLC (SouthCoast Wind) for its proposed SouthCoast Wind Project (Project) offshore Massachusetts. 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.
2023 Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments for Oil, Gas, and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2023-03217
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This final rule implements the 2023 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 (Improvements Act) and relevant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The 2023 adjustment multiplier of 1.07745 accounts for 1 year of inflation from October 2021 through October 2022.
Protection of Marine Archaeological Resources
Document Number: 2023-02903
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM proposes to require lessees and operators to submit an archaeological report with any oil and gas exploration or development plan they submit to BOEM for approval of activities proposed on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). An archaeological report is currently required only if the plan covers an area that a BOEM Regional Director has reason to believe may contain an archaeological resource. This proposed rule would increase the likelihood that archaeological resources are located and identified before they are inadvertently damaged by an OCS operator, thereby assuring compliance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This proposed rule would define the minimum level of survey information necessary to support the conclusions in the archaeological report, the procedure for reporting possible archaeological resources, the procedure for continuing operations when a possible resource is present, and what to do if an unanticipated archaeological resource is discovered during operation.
Renewable Energy Modernization Rule; Correction
Document Number: 2023-02398
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-02-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This document makes a technical correction in the preamble to a proposed rule entitled, Renewables Energy Modernization Rule, which the Department of the Interior published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2023. This correction clarifies that the proposed rule's FDMS Docket Number is BOEM-2023-0005.
Reorganization of Title 30-Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 2023-00871
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-01-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
This rule of agency organization reassigns responsibilities for the administration of certain regulations governing renewable energy development and alternate uses of existing facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's orders and the Departmental Manual. This final rule transfers the applicable renewable energy Departmental regulations from BOEM to BSEE. Furthermore, this final rule reassigns renewable energy regulations pertaining to safety, environmental oversight, and enforcement from BOEM to BSEE. This rule does not make substantive changes to current regulatory requirements and does not impose additional regulatory burdens on the public or the regulated community.
Renewable Energy Modernization Rule
Document Number: 2023-00668
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-01-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The first Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) renewable energy regulations were promulgated in 2009 by BOEM's predecessor, the Minerals Management Service (MMS). BOEM's renewable energy program has matured over the past 13 years, during which time BOEM conducted eleven auctions and issued and managed 27 active commercial leases. Based on this experience, the Department has identified opportunities to modernize its regulations to facilitate the development of offshore wind energy resources to meet U.S. climate and renewable energy objectives. This proposed rule contains reforms identified by the Department and recommended by industry since 2010, including proposals for incremental funding of decommissioning accounts; more flexible geophysical and geotechnical survey submission requirements; streamlined approval of meteorological (met) buoys; revised project verification procedures; reform of BOEM's renewable energy auction process; and greater clarity regarding safety requirements. This proposed rule would advance the Department of the Interior's (DOI) energy policies in a safe and environmentally sound manner that would provide a fair return to the U.S. taxpayer.
Modifications to the Bid Adequacy Procedures for Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: 2023-00842
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-01-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces and invites comments on its intention to change its bid adequacy procedures (BAPs), which ensure the United States receives fair market value (FMV) from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales. BOEM proposes to discontinue the use of both tract classification and delayed valuation methodology. Instead, BOEM proposes to use a statistical lower bound confidence interval (LBCI), at the 90 percent confidence level, as a measure of bid adequacy. BOEM is also proposing other, minor adjustments to its BAPs to clarify and streamline its processes.
Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales 259 and 261: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2023-00485
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-01-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEM announces the availability of a final supplemental environmental impact statement, Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales 259 and 261: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (GOM Lease Sales 259 and 261 SEIS). The GOM Lease Sales 259 and 261 SEIS provides an analysis of potential environmental impacts of the proposed action and four alternatives and identifies BOEM's preferred alternative.
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: 2022-27905
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-23
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 this information collection request (ICR) to renew Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0187.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Park City Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts
Document Number: 2022-27826
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-23
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 Park City Wind LLC (Park City) for its proposed New England Wind Project (Project) offshore Massachusetts. 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.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Sunrise Wind, LLC's Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Offshore New York
Document Number: 2022-27185
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-16
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 Sunrise Wind, LLC (Sunrise Wind) for its proposed Sunrise Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project (Project) offshore New York, Massachusetts, and 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 virtual 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.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Commercial Project
Document Number: 2022-27183
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-16
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 Virginia Electric and Power Company, doing business as Dominion Energy Virginia (Dominion Energy), for its proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project (CVOW Project or Project). The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Project as described in the COP (the proposed action) and alternatives to the proposed action, including no action. This notice of availability announces the start of the public review and comment period, as well as the dates and times for virtual 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 Dominion Energy COP for the CVOW Project.
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).
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