BOEM Is Preparing Supplemental EIS for Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Central Planning Area Lease Sales 235, 241 and 247 in the Gulf of Mexico. Proposed Lease Sale 235 is the next proposed lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico’s CPA off the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The Supplemental EIS will update the environmental and socioeconomic analyses in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2012-2017; Western Planning Area Lease Sales 229, 233, 238, 246, and 248; Central Planning Area Lease Sales 227, 231, 235, 241, and 247, Final Environmental Impact Statement (OCS EIS/EA BOEM 2012-019) (WPA/CPA Multisale EIS) and in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2013-2014; Western Planning Area Lease Sale 233; Central Planning Area Lease Sale 231, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (OCS EIS/EA BOEM 2013-0118) (WPA 233/CPA 231 Supplemental EIS). The WPA/CPA Multisale EIS was completed in July 2012. The WPA 233/CPA 231 Supplemental EIS was completed in April 2013.

The Supplemental EIS will focus on the potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development, and production in the CPA identified through the Area Identification procedure as the proposed lease sale area. In addition to the no action alternative (i.e., canceling a proposed lease sale), other alternatives may be considered for the proposed CPA lease sales, such as deferring certain areas from the proposed lease sale area.

Comments on the supplemental EIS are due to BOEM by September 23, 2013.

Click here to read BOEM’s notice of supplemental EIS.

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