The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received a revised application for Incidental Take Regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on behalf of oil and gas industry operators. The specified activity considered in the application is geophysical survey activity conducted in the Gulf of Mexico over the course of five years from the date of issuance.
The original notice announcing receipt of the revised application (81 FR 88664; December 8, 2016) indicated that comments and information must be received by NMFS no later than January 9, 2017, which allowed 30 days for public input. NMFS subsequently received a request to extend the comment period by a period of 14 days. NMFS has granted that request.
As extended, comments and information on BOEM’s revised application for oil and gas ITRs must be received by NMFS no later than January 23, 2017.