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  1. Cape Wind energy project wins construction, operations approval from BOEMRE

    Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has approved a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted for the Cape Wind Energy Project, which is required before construction may begin on the generation facility planned in Nantucket Sound. The timeframe reported in the COP submitted by Cape Wind Associates suggests that construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm could begin as early as the fall. “The Department has taken extraordinary steps to fully evaluate Cape Wind’s potential impacts on environmental and cultural resources of Nantucket Sound,” said Secretary Salazar. “By signing the Construction and Operations Plan today, we are even closer towards ushering in our Nation’s first offshore wind energy facility while creating jobs.” “After a thorough review of environmental impacts, we are confident that this offshore commercial wind project – the first in the nation – can move forward. This will accelerate interest in the renewable energy sector generally and the offshore wind sector specifically, and spur innovation and investment in our nation’s energy infrastructure,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. "With today's announcement by Secretary Salazar, we are one step closer to benefiting from the clean energy, green jobs and long-term economic benefits that will result from creating the nation's first offshore wind farm," said Governor Deval Patrick. "States up and down the East Coast are now looking to Massachusetts with envy as we launch this brand new American industry." The proposed action, including its size and location, remain substantially the same as analyzed in the Cape Wind Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that was published in January 2009. The Cape Wind energy project calls for 130 3.6± megawatt wind turbine generators, each with a maximum blade height of 440 feet, to be arranged in a grid pattern on the OCS in Nantucket Sound, offshore Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island. As part of its evaluation of the COP, the bureau conducted an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to determine whether there were any significant impacts that had not been discussed in the 2009 FEIS or other environmental assessments, and concluded that all impacts had been properly examined. BOEMRE also issued a Record of Decision for the COP approval, which details the terms and conditions that Cape Wind Associates will need to follow these terms and conditions are in addition to those established in the lease agreement. A notice about the preparation of an EA was posted on the BOEMRE website in February which initiated a comment period and provided an opportunity for public input. BOEMRE received and considered approximately 160 comments during the comment period. Issues considered in the EA include: additional surveys and sampling, conflicts with aviation traffic and fishing use, emergency response, migratory birds, microclimate, oil within wind turbine generators, permits issued by other federal agencies and consultations with other agencies.

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    Tue, 19 Apr 2011

  2. BOEMRE's Bromwich: Offshore drilling permits won't return to pre-Deepwater Horizon levels

    Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), said Feb. 11 in Houston that the domestic offshore industry in the United States should not expect his agency to begin issuing drilling permits until fundamental questions concerning disasters ...

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    Fri, 11 Feb 2011

  3. BOEMRE gives guidance for deepwater drillers to comply with recently-issued rules

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued additional guidance regarding the steps required of operators to resume deepwater activity.

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    Mon, 13 Dec 2010

  4. BOEMRE progresses western GoM lease sale

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has announced the completion of a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the proposed oil and gas Lease Sale 218 in the Western Planning Area in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Wed, 20 Apr 2011

  1. BOEMRE approves Gulf of Mexico deepwater exploration plan

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    Wed, 18 May 2011

  2. Europe may look to centralise nuclear safety

    There is speculation that legislation may be drawn up to provide centralised EU nuclear regulation and enforcement .

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    Wed, 21 Mar 2012

  3. BOEMRE to streamline offshore renewable energy development on Outer Continental Shelf

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will continue to push forward with a proposed rule that will eliminate a redundant step in the noncompetitive leasing process for commercial renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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    Tue, 25 Jan 2011

  4. Interior launches leasing process for commercial wind energy offshore Rhode Island, Massachusetts

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich announced the initial steps to develop commercial wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2011

  5. BSEE and Coast Guard sign agreement on offshore oversight

    The MOA ensures continued coordination and focus on offshore safety and environmental management.

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    Thu, 9 May 2013

  6. US Interior, BOEM enforce 'Idle Iron' guidance for decommissioning offshore wells, platforms

    Gulf of Mexico oil and gas producers will be required to set permanent plugs in nearly 3,500 nonproducing wells that are currently completed with a subsurface safety valve in place and dismantle about 650 oil and gas production platforms if they are no longer being used for exploration or ...

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    Wed, 15 Sep 2010

  7. NY offshore wind project advances with consent for federal lease application

    New York Power Authority  has announced that the NYPA Trustees have authorized the application for a lease from the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement , formerly known as the Minerals Management Service, for lands beneath the Atlantic Ocean for development of the ...

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    Wed, 30 Jun 2010

  8. International Regulators Forum: BOEM's Bromwich calls for further safety reforms, to hire 200 additional staff

    First, we are taking steps to strengthen BOEM’s inspections program. Over the coming year, BOEM anticipates adding scores of inspectors and engineers to its staff. My hope is that we can add as many as 200 new inspectors, engineers, environmental scientists, and other key staff to support our ...

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    Mon, 18 Oct 2010

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