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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. Chemoil settles federal charges involving renewable fuel credits

    Chemoil Corp., a San Francisco-based motor fuels supplier, agreed to retire more than $71 million of renewable identification numbers (RIN) and pay a $27-million fine as a proposed settlement of federal charges that it violated renewable fuel credit procedures under the federal Renewable Fuel ...

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  3. Climate guidance is not necessarily requirement, CEQ chief testifies

    Final climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions guidance that the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued to federal agencies is not necessarily a requirement, CEQ Managing Director Christy Goldfuss told the US House Natural Resources Committee. But several Republican ...

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  4. RINs program within RFS created opportunities for fraud, report says

    A program that the US Environmental Protection Agency designed to help refiners and other obligated parties meet renewable fuel volume obligations under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard actually “provided the unintended framework for a new and persistent area of fraud,” a report released Sept. ...

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  1. Dakota Access construction temporarily blocked by DOJ, DOI

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  2. Pacific Power completes grid modernization, smart grid upgrades

    Pacific Power said that it has completed, is monitoring, or is developing grid enhancement initiatives that include projects and initiatives undertaken in its six state service territory

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  3. Ocean Bureau Fields Lease Request for 765-MW Wind Project off of California

    Bureau looking for any other offers of interest for this lease area.

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  4. North Carolina has more PURPA-qualifying solar power facilities than any other state

    North Carolina surpassed states with more favorable solar power resources to become the state with the second-highest amount of installed utility-scale solar PV capacity owned by independent power producers in 2015, behind only California.

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    Tue, 23 Aug 2016

  5. HDR appoints six to hydropower team in U.S. Pacific Northwest

    HDR announces six appointments to its hydropower team in the Pacific Northwest: Emily Andersen, Le Bao, Jenna Borovansky, Sally Morsel, Cory Warnock, and Ed Zapel.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  6. Anniversary of Northeast Blackout of 2003 reminds us how precarious the grid is

    Thirteen years ago this month, we learned that little things matter greatly when it comes to electricity delivery

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  7. Ocean bureau fields lease request for 765 MW wind project off of California

    BOEM received an unsolicited request from Trident Winds for a utility-scale floating wind energy facility offshore Morro Bay, California

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  8. Wyoming Federal Judge Sides with States Industry, Strikes Down BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    On June 21, 2016, the US District Court for the District of Wyoming struck down the US Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing regulations, finding that BLM “lacked Congressional authority to promulgate the regulations.” This decision is a win for industry and states’ rights, setting aside ...

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    Fri, 15 Jul 2016

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