High interest in offshore drilling impact meetings

The Associated Press

The government says there's so much public interest in a draft environmental impact statement about offshore drilling leases that it's rescheduling meetings in Washington, Houston and New Orleans so more people can attend.

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The government says there's so much public interest in a draft environmental impact statement about offshore drilling leases that it's rescheduling meetings in Washington, Houston and New Orleans so more people can attend.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the statement analyzes potential impacts of lease sales scheduled from 2017 to 2022.

A meeting originally scheduled this week in Washington will now be held April 26. Others were moved from April 12 to April 20 in Houston and from April 14 to April 18 in the New Orleans area.

The news release did not say how the public interest is being shown.

As of Tuesday, 25 comments had been submitted to the webpage regulations.gov. People can also comment by mail or at public meetings.

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