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Public Comment for Four New Deepwater EAs

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced that public comment is invited with respect to four Environmental Assessments (EA) for Exploration Plans (EP). The EPs involve deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico and were completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. A new feature has been added to increase accessibility for the public to submit comments on the bureau's homepage at: www.boemre.gov   Consistent with federal regulations, an EP is deemed “submitted” once all supporting materials and documentation has been provided. Once a plan is deemed submitted, BOEMRE has 30 calendar days to analyze and evaluate it. The 30-day time frame for review includes a 10-day public comment period to allow an opportunity to review and comment on the issues that should be considered by BOEMRE in preparing the EA for the plan. The four plans will be available for comment by the end of the business day today.   The four plans include one Initial EP and three Revised EPs. The first plan is an Initial EP received from Hess Corporation and includes three proposed exploratory wells in 1,600 feet water depth, approximately 80 miles offshore Louisiana. The second and third plans received are two Revised EPs from Cobalt International Energy LP


Amendments to Pending Exploration Plans

On April 22, BOEMRE called for public comment to inform new deepwater environmental assessment. Statoil, Inc. and BHP Billiton Petroleum Americas have provided amendments to their exploration plans (EP). The amended plans have been deemed submitted on April 28, and the 30-day review of the proposed activities has re-started.   There are currently four deepwater EPs that have been deemed submitted. Shell Offshore, Inc.'s supplemental EP was amended and deemed submitted on April 12, 2011


Advisory to Owners or Operators of Ocean-Going Vessels Visiting California Ports

Amendments to the California Regulation on Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline (“OGV Fuel Regulation” or “regulation”) The purpose of this advisory is to notify owners and operators of ocean-going vessels (OGVs) of amendments to the OGV Fuel Regulation. Amendments to the regulation were endorsed by the California Air Resources Board on June 23, 2011


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 analyze potential impacts from proposed wind energy research activities offshore Virginia.   The Virginia Department of Mines


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, Minerals and Energy (DMME) for a research lease offshore Virginia. DMME proposes to design, develop, and demonstrate a grid-connected, 12-megawatt (MW) offshore wind test facility on the Outer Continental Shelf


USACE Seeks Comment on Gulfport Harbor Navigation Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) relating to the Federal Gulfport Harbor Navigation Project in Harrison County, Mississippi. Comments should be submitted by April 2. Source: HK Law


Discussion of New Ferry Service in Berkeley

If you are interested in a new ferry service in Berkeley, please join the discussion at the Berkeley City Council meeting on May 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA. WETA will be presenting a summary of the findings of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/S) on a proposed ferry terminal in Berkeley or Albany and listening to Commission, Council, and public comments on the project and the Draft EIR/S


MarAd Port Dolphin Energy LNG DWP License Application

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a notice stating that the US Coast Guard intends to prepare an environmental impact statement as part of the environmental review of the application submitted by Port Dolphin Energy LLC for a license to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP). If approved, the LNG DWP would be located in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico approximately 28 miles off the west coast of Florida


Feds Delay LNG’s Port Ambrose Application

Port Ambrose Map:  Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

 The US Coast Guard and the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) have temporarily suspended their review of the proposed Port Ambrose deep-water LNG import terminal.   Liberty Natural Gas’s application to build the Port Ambrose deep-water port to receive LNG in the New York/New Jersey harbour has been delayed by the MARAD after it received more than 100,000 public comments about the project’s final environmental impact study.  


Comment on Revisions to Tonnage NVIC

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a possible revision to the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 11-93 Applicability of Tonnage Measurement Systems to U.S. flagged vessels for the purpose of updating it and improving its usefulness to their customers in both the public and private sectors.  The proposed draft includes language to consider the inclusion of additional guidance on implications of gross/net tonnage changes that result from: (1) vessel alterations


Pacific Ports Agreement Clears FMC Review

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The Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201227) is set to become effective on April 17, 2015 after the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted unanimously for its approval.   The commission said its review included evaluation of information received from the


BOEM Seeks Comment on Chukchi Sea Exploration

Shell’s Revised Multi-Year Arctic Exploration Plan Deemed Submitted   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has deemed submitted Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s revised multi-year Exploration Plan (EP) and invites the public to review and comment on it


USCG to Trial Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will evaluate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities, benefits, risks and technical limitations of operating UAS from land and/or off a Coast Guard Cutter in a maritime environment.   The USCG said it intends to enter a Cooperative Research and Development


Obama asks Congress to Widen Arctic Refuge Protections

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  The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres (5 million hectares) from oil and gas drilling.


BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), BOEM announced today.


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA officers aboard one of the smaller survey vessels contemplate the vastness of the Chukchi Sea during the NOAA Ship Fairweathers reconnaissance survey in 2013. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the


Dept. of the Interior Raises $539M in Gulf Lease Sale

   Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior (Dept. of the Interior photo by Tami Heilemann)

  The U.S. Department of the Interior sold leases on oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico today, receiving $538.7 million in high bids.   The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) took bids for 169 tracts on the U.S


Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project Receives EIS from FERC

FERC Deems the Proposed Offshore LNG Facility to be Environmentally Sound

Excelerate Energy ("Excelerate"), in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA"), has received the final Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS") from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") for its Aguirre Offshore GasPort


Desperate Times for US Coal Mean Desperate Port Proposals

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It’s a spectacularly atrocious time for U.S. coal companies. Demand for coal domestically is not what it was—and likely never will be—so producers have cast their gaze abroad, where they hope Asian markets respond as domestic ones fail


Boost for Offshore Wind Energy

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As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an


EPA Proposes Changes to Oil Spill Response Plan

Mathy Stanislaus (Photo: EPA)

Agency proposes amendments to Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to


US Plans to Shut Royalty Loophole on Coal Exports

U.S. coal companies will no longer be able to settle royalties at low domestic prices when they make lucrative sales to Asia according to reforms proposed by the Interior Department on Friday.   American taxpayers by law are due a 12.5 percent royalty on the sales of millions of tons of


SC Ports’ Container Volumes Up 17%

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The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced today that October volumes were up nearly 17 percent year over year, continuing a growth trend in container traffic well above the organization's financial plan. SCPA handled 164,672 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in October, up from 141


SC Ports Authority Container Volume Up 13%

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Today SC Ports Authority announced 13 percent year-over-year increases in container volume through the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. SCPA handled 150,790 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September, up 13.4 percent over the same month in 2013. Container volumes are 10






 
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