The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to conduct 10 oil and gas lease sales in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), as outlined in the 2017-2022 Draft Proposed Leasing Program.
BOEM published in the April 29, 2015, Federal Register, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The NOI seeks input on the scope of the 2017-2022 GOM Multi-sale EIS for these ten proposed GOM Lease Sales. These sales will not be held unless they are included in the 2017-2022 Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. However, as some sales are tentatively scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018, the BOEM must initiate preparation of the EIS before the 2017-2022 Five Year Program is finalized.
As part of the scoping process, BOEM’s public scoping meetings will be held in New Orleans ( May 12, 2015), Houston (May 14), Panama City, Fla. (May 19), Mobile, Ala. (May 20), and Gulfport, Miss. (May 21).
Interested parties, including Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments, and the general public, may submit written comments on the scope of the 2017-2022 GOM Multi-sale EIS, significant issues that should be addressed, alternatives that should be considered, and the types of oil and gas activities of interest in the proposed lease sale areas.