Late last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), under the Department of Interior, released a document that continues the march toward offshore drilling along our coasts. The document is the final draft of the programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) on proposed oil and gas exploration activities in the mid- and south Atlantic (from [...]
Things are moving in the realm of offshore wind energy in North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently announced that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment for three large areas off of North Carolina’s coast in preparation for potential wind energy development and has asked for input on these areas. The environmental assessment (EA) will consider the environmental effects associated with the initial stages of site assessment and research leading up to wind farm development, for example geological and geophysical surveys and biological surveys.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for a potential meteorological data collection facility offshore from Tybee Island, Georgia. The EA is the next step in advancing Southern Company’s potential plans for building meteorological tower and/or meteorological buoy to gather data to help determine the feasibility of [...]
The Obama Administration announced today a major milestone in advancing offshore wind in North Carolina. Tommy Beaudreau, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), announced that BOEM will issue a Call for Information and Nominations for commercial offshore wind development in three wind energy areas off North Carolina. Those three areas, which were developed in close coordination between BOEM and the North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force, represent approximately 1,441 square miles of area potentially available for offshore wind development. With this BOEM announcement, North Carolina effectively more than doubles the amount of area potentially available for offshore wind development in the United States.
Last week, on Thursday, February 2, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Obama Administration is green-lighting the process for offshore wind leasing along the Mid-Atlantic coast. We applaud the Obama Administration for taking this much-needed step to jump start offshore wind development in the United States and look forward to supporting similar [...]