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  1. BOEM evaluates potential impacts of G&G surveys in the Gulf of Mexico

    Offshore staff WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) that recommends measures to protect marine mammals and coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico from the potential impacts of geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys. Completion of the draft PEIS was a condition of a federal court settlement between BOEM and the National Resource Defense Council and other co-plaintiffs announced earlier this year. The draft PEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of G&G survey activities on marine mammals, fish, corals, and other environmentally sensitive species in the seabed and water column of the Gulf’s outer continental shelf. The G&G activities assessed in the draft PEIS include deep-penetration and high-resolution seismic surveys, electromagnetic surveys, magnetic surveys, gravity surveys, remote-sensing surveys and geological and geochemical sampling. Among the mitigations the bureau has recommended in its preferred alternative are: requiring protected species observers on each boat, mandatory vessel avoidance of marine mammals and start up/shut down rules that apply if/when marine mammals are observed in the area. BOEM is the lead agency on this draft PEIS, with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as cooperating agencies. The PEIS will support both BOEM’s G&G permitting and NMFS’s Marine Mammal Protection Act decision-making for oil- and gas-related G&G. The target date for completing the PEIS is September 2017. The proposed project area evaluated BOEM’s Western, Central, and Eastern GoM planning areas as well as adjacent state waters. The draft PEIS will be open for public comment for 60 days, following publication of the notice of availability in the Federal Register on Sept. 30, 2016, and BOEM will hold five public meetings in the Gulf area to solicit input and answer questions. The bureau prepared the PEIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments received will help the bureau and the cooperating agencies further refine the analysis of the draft for publication of the final PEIS. The draft PEIS is available now at http://www.boem.gov/GOM-G-G-PEIS/ . BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper said: “BOEM’s recommended approach offers the strongest practicable safeguards in an effort to eliminate or reduce impacts to marine mammals and the environment. We continue to conduct research and monitor the science of this field and work with other agencies and stakeholders to create and maintain the protection of these resources.” 09/29/2016

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  2. BOEM issues draft PEIS with stronger G&G protective measures for gulf

    The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS), which recommends stronger protections for marine mammals and environments in the Gulf of Mexico from potential impacts from oil and gas geophysical surveys.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  3. Prysmian to launch the most powerful cable solution ever for power transmission grids

    Prysmian Group is ready to launch a new breakthrough cable technology for the development of power transmission grids that will ensure higher electrical performances, lower costs and better environmental sustainability.

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  4. Virginia Chambers of Commerce coalition backs Atlantic Coast gas pipeline

    A coalition of 19 Chambers of Commerce across Virginia sent the commonwealth’s two US senators, Democrats Timothy M. Kaine and Mark R. Warner, a letter expressing their strong support for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  1. Fermi 2 Nuclear License Renewal Gets Environmental OK From NRC

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    Fri, 16 Sep 2016

  2. Canada expands review of proposed BC grassroots refinery project

    The Canadian government has called for the creation of an independent review panel to evaluate the environmental assessment for Kitimat Clean Ltd.’s Kitimat Clean Refinery Project (KCRP), a proposed grassroots facility to be built about 13 km north of Kitimat, BC.

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  3. Opportunity for Operational Excellence: Improving Productivity and Asset Management for Utilities

    In a market where Energy and Utilities Companies must remain competitive, react to increasing regulatory constraints, increase the lifespan of existing, aging infrastructure, and react to the industry’s talent shortage, operational excellence offers a solution to address. Learn more about ...

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  4. Federal Agency Issuing Final Enviro Review of 25-MW Wind Project in Hawaii

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will in the July 12 Federal Register announce the availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) and final habitat conservation plan (HCP) for Na Pua Makani Power Partners LLC’s 25-MW Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project.

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    Mon, 11 Jul 2016

  5. BOEM releases draft EIS for possible Cook Inlet lease sale

    The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft environmental impact statement for a potential oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The sale currently is scheduled for June 2017, the US Department of the Interior agency said.

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    Thu, 21 Jul 2016

  6. DOE Releases Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaii

    DOE released a final programmatic environmental impact statement for Hawaii to provide federal, state and county governments as well as the public and developers with a reference document for project-specific environmental reviews.

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    Mon, 21 Sep 2015

  7. Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued for Potential Nuclear Reactor

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers concluded that environmental impacts would not prevent issuing a Combined License (COL) for a reactor at the Bell Bend site in Pennsylvania.

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2016

  8. MMS schedules Public Meetings on Atlantic Geological & Geophysical Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has scheduled 13 public scoping meetings in seven locations to solicit comments for the development of a programmatic environmental impact statement for future geological and geophysical exploration in the Mid- and South-Atlantic ...

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    Mon, 5 Apr 2010

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