Preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Planning Area (2008)
The MMS is issuing this notice to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that MMS intends to prepare an EA for proposed OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western GOM Planning Area (Lease Sale 207) scheduled for August 2008. The MMS is issuing this notice to facilitate public involvement. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the decision process for Lease Sale 207. The proposal for Lease Sale 207 was identified by the Call for Information and Nominations published in the Federal Register on April 28, 2006, and was analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2007- 2012; Western Planning Area Sales 204, 207, 210, 215, and 218; Central Planning Area Sales 205, 206, 208, 213, 216, and 222Final Environmental Impact Statement; Volumes I and II (Multisale Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007-018). This EA for proposed Lease Sale 207 will reexamine the potential environmental effects of the proposed lease sale and its alternatives (excluding the unleased blocks near biologically sensitive topographic features, use of a nomination and tract selection leasing system, and no action) based on any new information regarding potential impacts and issues that were not available at the time the Multisale EIS was prepared.
Environmental Assessment (EA), Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) Ultra Extended Reach Drilling From Endicott Satellite Drilling Island (SDI)-MMS 2007-054
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is in receipt of a Development and Production Plan (DPP) from British Petroleum (BP) that proposes an ultra extended reach drilling project in the Beaufort Sea Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) scheduled for construction in 2009. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), MMS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) that concludes that with required mitigation no significant adverse effects (40 CFR 1508.27) on the quality of the human environment would occur. Therefore MMS has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). In accordance with 40 CFR 1501.4(e)(2)(i), MMS is making the FONSI available for public review for 30 days before making a final determination whether to prepare an EIS and before taking final action on the proposed Liberty DPP.