Comment on BOEM’s Intent to Perform EIS for Beaufort Sea Lease Sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for BOEM’s proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Lease Sale in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area. This EIS will be performed under BOEM’s regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.

CRE is preparing comments on BOEM’s notice of its intent to perform this EIS.  Written comments are due to BOEM by December 17, 2018 on the scope of the 2019 Beaufort Sea Lease Sale EIS; significant issues; reasonable alternatives; potential mitigation measures; and the types of oil and gas activities of interest in the proposed lease sale area.

BOEM’s Federal Register notice explains that:

“The EIS will focus on the potential effects of leasing, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the proposed lease sale area. In addition to the no action alternative (i.e., not holding the lease sale), other alternatives will be considered. Consistent with the regulations implementing the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), BOEM is also announcing the area recommended for leasing.”

BOEM is holding public meetings for this EIS. Thepurpose of these meetings is to solicitcomments on the scope of the 2019Beaufort Sea Lease Sale EIS. Allmeetings will start at 7:00 p.m. andconclude at 9:00 p.m., and arescheduled as follows:

  • December 3, 2018, Barrow High School, Utqiag˙vik, Alaska;
  • December 4, 2018, Kisik Community Center, Nuiqsut, Alaska;
  • December 5, 2018, Community Center, Kaktovik, Alaska; and
  • December 6, 2018, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Click here for BOEM’s Federal Register notice of this EIS.




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