OGJ Washington Editor
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 8 -- The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement began environmental reviews for proposed Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sales during 2012-17 by announcing it would prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the offerings.
The US Department of the Interior agency said it will propose a single, multi-tiered EIS for all proposed sales in the gulf’s central and western planning areas during the next 5-year planning period for the US Outer Continental Shelf.
It said federal, state, and local government agencies, and other interested parties can submit comments to help BOEMRE determine significant issues and alternatives which need to be analyzed in the EIS. The agency also has scheduled public scoping meetings in Houston on Feb. 15, New Orleans on Feb. 16, and Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 17 in conjunction with similar meetings for preparation of the overall programmatic EIS for the entire 2012-17 federal OCS oil and gas leasing program.
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