BOEMRE completes Final Supplemental EIS for Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and
Enforcement today released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
for proposed oil and gas Lease Sale 218 in the Western Planning Area in the
Gulf of Mexico.
The SEIS updates the findings in several previously
published environmental reviews covering the Gulf of Mexico. It also
incorporates the latest available information pertaining to the Western Gulf of
Mexico Planning Area following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
“The analysis contained in this Final SEIS incorporates new
research and reflects broad public input on the environmental effects of oil
and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R.
Bromwich in a press statement. “These findings will allow us to make
well-supported decisions based on a broad array of scientific information
regarding the proposed Western Gulf Sale.”
Lease Sale 218 is the last remaining Western Gulf Planning
Area sale scheduled in the 2007–2012 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Natural
Gas Leasing Program. The sale was delayed following the Deepwater Horizon
A Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the
Final SEIS will be published on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Volume I: Chapters 1-4 and Volume II: Chapters 5-8 and
Appendices of the SEIS can be viewed online at the BOEMRE website.
A list of Gulf Coast libraries that have a copy of the SEIS
for viewing is also online,
and the SEIS can also be obtained through the BOEMRE Gulf of Mexico Region’s
Public Information Office by calling 800-200-GULF (4853).