BOEM to hold public meetings this week on draft PEIS for proposed G&G activities in mid- and South Atlantic planning areas

NEW ORLEANS — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a series of public meetings to gather comments on the draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for proposed geological and geophysical activities in the Mid- and South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning areas.

The draft PEIS evaluates the environmental impacts of multiple G&G activities in these OCS planning areas, to determine if significant impacts on the Atlantic resources could occur as a result of G&G activities and, where needed, outlines mitigation and monitoring measures that will reduce or eliminate the potential for impacts.

The oil and gas industry needs accurate data on the location, extent and properties of hydrocarbon resources, as well as information on shallow geologic hazards and seafloor geotechnical properties, in order to explore, develop, produce and transport hydrocarbons safely and economically. BOEM also needs this information to fulfill its statutory responsibilities to ensure safe operations, support environmental impact analyses, protect the environment, ensure fair market value for leases, make royalty relief determinations and conserve oil and gas resources.

Public meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

April 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT) at Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Farm St., Savannah, Ga.

April 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT) at Embassy Suites North Charleston, 5055 International Boulevard, Charleston, S.C.

April 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT) at Hilton Norfolk Airport, 1500 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, Va.

April 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT) at Doubletree Hotel Annapolis, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Md.

April 26 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT) at Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 N. Water St., Wilmington, N.C.

April 26 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT) at Sheraton Suites, 422 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, Del.

April 27 at 1 p.m. (EDT) at Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, N.J.