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Comment Period for Financial Responsibility Extended

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has extended the comment period on its proposal regarding passenger vessel financial responsibility until May 30, 2003. The FMC will also hold a public meeting to receive oral comments, with the date to be announced in a subsequent Notice. Closed-door meetings with individual Commissioners may also be requested. Summaries or transcripts of oral presentations will be included in the record.


Satellite Use Comment Period Extended

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended until March 24, 2004, the comment period on its proposal regarding terrestrial fixed service and fixed satellite service operators on board vessels in the C and Ku-bands. 69 Fed. Reg. 15288 (HK Law)


TSA, USCG Issue Proposal for TWIC

On May 22, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the US Coast Guard issued their joint 68-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in the maritime sector. 71 Fed. Reg. 29395 The comment period is now closed. There are 550 documents currently in the docket, expressing a wide variety of viewpoints. Possibly one of the more persuasive comments was submitted by four US Representatives serving


Seeking to Reduce Right Whale Strikes

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is extending the comment period on its proposal relating to measures to reduce ship strikes against North Atlantic right whales. The comment period is extended until September 15. Public scoping meetings will be held in Boston (July 20); Jersey City (July 21); Wilmington (July 26); Jacksonville (July 27); and Silver Spring, MD (August 3). 69 Fed. Reg. 41446 (HK Law).


Corps Release Draft Civil Works Strategic Plan for Comment

The United States Army Corps of Engineers today released the draft Civil Works Strategic Plan for a 30-day comment period. The objective of the plan is to provide a framework for the Corps' Civil Works Program to continue to contribute to the sustainability of the Nation's water and land-related resources with a balanced focus on ecosystem health, economic vitality and quality of life. The plan meets the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 that requires


BOEMRE: Public Comment Sought on EAs

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) on May 6 announced that public comment is invited with respect to an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Revised Development Operations Coordination Document (DOCD) submitted by BHP Billiton Petroleum (GOM) Inc. This Revised DOCD involves deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico and will be completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill


Corps Reschedules Ann Arbor Meeting on GLMRIS

The public scoping meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 8 for the same time and at the same location: from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, located at 1275 S. Huron St. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study, GLMRIS. The public is invited to attend to provide comments on GLMRIS


Call for Comment: Deepwater EA for BOEMRE Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced that public comment is invited with respect to the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the first Exploration Plan (EP) for deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The plan, a Supplemental EP submitted by Shell Offshore Inc


BOEMRE Invites Comment on Nexen EA

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced that public comment is invited with respect to an Environmental Assessment (EA) for an Initial Exploration Plan (EP) submitted by Nexen Petroleum USA Inc. This Initial EP involves deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico and will be completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.  


Public Hearing Held on AIS Requirements

The Coast Guard is seeking additional public input on expanding requirements for the Automated Identification System (AIS) at a public meeting. Currently, Coast Guard regulations require AIS be installed on commercial vessels that are on international voyages. Other commercial vessels are also required to have AIS when they are operating in U.S. waters that have Vessel Traffic Systems or Vessel Movement Reporting Systems


Obama urged for Early decision on Keystone

 Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.   The group included several lawmakers expected to face tough


Alaska Proposes Passenger Vessel Discharge Legislation

ADEC Cruise Ship Program The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance Program is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit (Permit number: 2013DB0004)


BOEM Assesses Prospects of Wave Energy off Oregon

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assessing whether there is competitive interest in wave energy research or development in an area of federal


BOEM Seeks Comment on Proposed Energy Research

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As part of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it is seeking public comment as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA) to


MARAD Seeks Public Comment on Title XI

Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) said it is asking for public comment on a proposed policy regarding the factors for obtaining loan guarantees through the Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program, Title XI. Title XI is a discretionary program that provides loan guarantees for vessel construction in U


EPA Revises Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. EPA developed the guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by


USCG Extend Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer Comment Period

The US Coast Guard (USCG) inform it has extended the comment period related to proposed new measures to reduce the risks of oil spills in oil transfer operations from or to a tank vessel. The original deadline for feedback to be submitted to the online docket via http://www.regulations


FMC Extends Comment Period on P3 Vessel Sharing

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is accepting further public comment on the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement until midnight Friday, November 29, 2013. On October 24, 2013, A. P. Moller-Maersk A/S, CMA CGM S.A. and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A


BSEE Extends Comment Period for Proposed Offshore Safety Systems Rule

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced today a 45-day extension to the public comment period for the proposed rule on offshore oil and natural gas production safety systems. Comments will now be accepted through Dec. 5, 2013.


Virginia Proposes Offshore Wind Project to Obama’s BOEM

As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy development, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today it has received a second unsolicited request from Virginia's Department of Mines


NOAA Proposal Aims to Extend Reduced Whale Ship Strikes

A right whale skim feeding with NOAA Ship Delaware II in the background.

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on its proposal to make permanent the rules it implemented five years ago to reduce the number of collisions between ships and North Atlantic right whales. Right whales are among the most endangered species in the world


BSEE Completes Final Rule

Director Jim Watson

As part of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) commitment to promoting offshore safety at all levels, at all times, Director Jim Watson has announced another step in a series of efforts to further identify, address and manage operational safety hazards and impacts


Hawaii Ship Repairers Fined $700,000

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health settle with Marisco Ltd for pollution offences. The violations took place at Marisco's ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Oahu


NOAA Considers Effects of Arctic Oil and Gas Activities

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NOAA is seeking comments on a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean.   The draft, developed in collaboration with the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)


Restoring the GoM Environment Post-2005 Oil Spill

DBL 152: Photo credit NOAA

NOAA release a draft damage assessment & restoration plan for damage caused by the Tank Barge DBL 152 oil spill. Public comment invited. The draft plan describes the steps NOAA has taken to see if natural resources, such as marine habitats


 
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