BOEM will prepare SEIS for 2017 Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement for the final Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area oil and gas lease sale under the current 5-year US Outer Continental Shelf program.

BOEM proposed offering 46 million acres in the area, with the exception of whole and portions of blocks that are off-limits under the 2006 Gulf of Mexico Security Act, and blocks which are beyond the US Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap.

Public scoping meetings for OCS Sale No. 247’s SEIS will be held on Sept. 1 in Mobile, Ala.; Sept. 2 in Gulfport, Miss.; and Sept. 3 in New Orleans, the US Department of the Interior agency said on Aug. 14. Comments will be accepted online, by e-mail, or in writing through Sept. 16, it indicated.

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