The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published its Draft SupplementalEnvironmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Western Planning Area (WPA) Lease Sale 248 (WPA Sale 248). WPA Sale 248 is tentatively scheduled for August 2016. The Draft Supplemental EIS provides a discussion of the potential significant impacts of the proposed action and an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action; it considers new information made available since completion of earlier EISs related to WPA Sale 248. The prior EISs supplemented by the Draft Supplemental EIS are available at: http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/ .
Comments should be submitted to BOEM no later than October 19, 2015. As described below in the ‘‘Comments’’ section, public comments may also be submitted at public meetings being held on September 22 and 23, 2015.